2006 ford f-150

Asked by Nov 21, 2014 at 10:22 AM about the 2006 Ford F-150 XLT Styleside 4WD

Question type: General

I have a 2006 ford f-150 xlt v-8 2-wd. It recently got very cold out as I live in Ohio. I went out one day and it took a little longer than usually to get my truck to turn over and start. The next day when I went to start my car it just would not turnover. I had a buddy try to jump it and could not get it to go. Finally I called AAA they came hooked it up to the battery pack and in minutes it started. I let it run for 30 minutes before shutting it off. I went to run to a friends house and it started right up. When I went to leave there house It started up. The temperature did drop over night and the next morning I went to start it and could not get it to turn over. What could my issue be? Is it the battery or do I need to look else where? any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks

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Batteries tend to fail when the seasons change, especially winter, batteries usually only last about 3 years anymore, so if you battery is that old it is due to fail. Have the battery load tested, if it fails replace it, then have the charging system checked just to be sure, all you need is a excessive battery draw and kill a new battery overnight.

I did not mention this earlier, does it matter that my headlights radio still all work, could this mean any other problems???

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That is why I recommended the load test, a battery might be able to carry the lights and radio but when the real loads start it collapses.

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The radio and other electrical gizmos on your vehicle operate on 12 volts but the amperage is low so things like the radio, horn, etc will work. When you try to turn over the v8 to start it draws a lot of amps. If the amperage in the battery is shot (usually experienced during the first cold snap in winter) you'll be stranded. If you look at battery advertisements "cold cranking amps" will be listed. If you live in an area with severe winters, get one with the most cold cranking amps you can afford. After three years you're living on borrowed time as far as the battery is concerned in winter.

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