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Ok, I'm not the smartest car guy in the world, but I've got a battery issue. I bought a "jump-start" battery charger because my 04 GTO is stored in my garage for the winter. I was doing pretty good starting it at least once a week, but the past few weeks I didn't have time. So, I tried to start it a few days ago and the battery was dead. I bought a "jump-start" battery charger to jump my GTO, and it worked great. But, after letting it run for about 10 minutes, I turned off the car and tried to re-start it. The car's lights turned on, but the car just ticked and wouldn't start at all.

Is my battery dead? I didn't think so since my interior lights still turned on when I put the keys in the ignition. I was thinking maybe the "jump-start" battery charger wasn't fully charged and maybe thats why my car wouldn't start the second time...any ideas?

I know this sounds like a rookie question, but I am so any help is greatly appreciated!
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A jump box is not good for a battery, so your battery is dead and the jump box is probably dead also. Get a decent charger, and charge the battery at 2 amps to fully charge it, 10 amps is good, but doesn't fully charge the battery. If the charger has a maintenance mode, .3 amps you can leave it on, but it's better to get a battery tender that will maintain the battery while it's parked. It's really bad on a battery to let it go dead. Charging it every now and then will maintain a battery if you don't let it go dead. Charge the battery and put a load tester on it and see if it's any good, or take it to autozone and they can test the battery for you.

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i had the same problem i put my battery charger on it and i havnt started in about a week due to the foot of snow out side but today i went out and fired right up battery charger help
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Invest in a battery tender. Leave it plugged in and connected to the battery. Overcharging a battery will destroy it as well.

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cant this also be an alternator problem? i've had the same problem with my truck. not quite a GTO but i had to change out my alternator.
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He really didn't give enough info to come to that conclusion. If he has put a voltmeter on it while it was running it would show which direction to look, battery or charging system.

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cant this also be an alternator problem? i've had the same problem with my truck. not quite a GTO but i had to change out my alternator.
Not to say it isn't but its unlikely being the car is not that old. This battery powers a lot. Even though the lights, horn etc function, there may not be enough juice to crank it over.
The age of the battery nor the make was not stated. The car is an '04 its unlikely the OEM battery is in there. Cheaper batteries like Deka don't last more than 3-4 years.
Not enough info was produced. I am theorizing here. A Battery Tender is a must have. Once sulfation begins even being hooked to a tender won't stop it from its demise.

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I bought a Optima yellow top deep cycle battery. Kinda expensive battery but if you let your car sit for long periods of time I think it is worth it. The optima will go down just like every other battery but you can jump start it and it comes right back to life over and over again. Standard batteries dont like to be ran down and will not last long in a car that isnt used much.

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There are 3 basic types of batteries, deep cycles, deep cycle/cranking, and cranking batteries. Deep cycles don't have the CCA-cold cranking amps to really spin a car over, but will last forever, and are twice as heavy as a cranking battery. Deep cycle/cranking is for boats that have trowling motors, multi use. Cars use cranking batteries, like the red top optima. The secret to battery life is keeping it charged, don't let it go dead...

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