another 'lorry wont start' - battery help please !

whiteflower

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hi, newby here so excuse any errors!!

having just read the 'lorry wont start in the cold thread' just wondering if any mecanically minded people out there could suggest a good make of battery for a 7.5 tonne ford cargo.

it appears mine could also be a battery problem and its been suggested my battery is a cheapie and probably not up to much (thanks garage
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not holding my breath for going out and about this weeked - que OH and an industrial set of jump leads
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go to truck specialist??? Try local Daf suppliers..

Its quite a big ask starting a diesel truck on a 12 volt battery in the cold weather so don't feel to harshly about garage!!

I have a battery charger which has a quick start facility and find this really useful at this time of year..
 

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I normally get mine from either our local Farmers place that does tractor batteries or a normal car battery place that also does Lorries. They have to order it in for me, but only takes about a day to arrive.

Your current battery might just be old?
 

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Varta are best and daf dealers sell them !!! just check all the conectionsfirst, if they are getting hot when you try to start it then they need cleaning and re tighting, its worth taking the battery to a auto electical place and have it tested and charged, it may not be big enough to start in the cold but ok when it warms up again
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whiteflower

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thanks for the suggestions - varta was the make that had been suggested previously but couldnt remember the name
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lorry went in 8 weeks ago due to this problem and had connections etc checked and battery changed as old one was apparently knackered

its recently had a new alternator.

i think ill try one more battery and then just accept that i will become very ofay with the jump leads over the winter as lorry is a good runner otherwise.
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if the battery isnt old and is fitted correctly etc your lorry should go!!! however many things drain a battery so solutions are
1 to fit a battery isolater (good anti theft device too!) and isolate when you return home fully charged!!
2 if you have a cigatette lighter button which works .... buy a trickle charger to plug in, works on daylight ultraviolet power?!!!!
make sure lorry is fully loaded with anti freeze etc, start up and allow to tick over before revving! cargos are quite old now!? so get your mechanic to check for electrical drains etc!
 
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