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greetings fellow goat owners.

I just picked up my 06 torrid red goat on thursday and so far i must say it has been quite a bit of fun. Unfortunately, something is wrong with the battery. Yesterday morning after it sat overnight it hesitated starting up but then it did after a second try. And after about 6 or so hours of not driving it i went to crank it up and got hardly anything, I had to jump it. Then this morning I went to start it and got absolutely nothing, except accessories and music, but not engine start. So right now she's sitting on a 12v high charge for a while before I go out. If it sits off for a few minutes after driving it will start fine which makes sense. But overnight it just seems to have some parasitic loss. Anyone have any recommendations?
 

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Go to your PONTIAC dealer and get another one under warranty. If you purchased the GTO from a NON Pontiac Dealer and you are less than 36K you have a factory warranty. Get registered under a Pontiac dealer. DO NOT let the dealer you purchased it from do it for you. You should be covered.
 

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Get a different battery!!

GM Batteries are by far one of the worst OEM batteries out there and notorious for leaving you stranded. Switch it to a Optima, or Duralast Gel-cell battery. If you get another Stock battery now, you'll just be replacing it again later.
 

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GM Batteries are by far one of the worst OEM batteries out there and notorious for leaving you stranded. Switch it to a Optima, or Duralast Gel-cell battery. If you get another Stock battery now, you'll just be replacing it again later.
that's interesting you say that. I went to autozone and they wanted to sell me an optima battery but it is 200 bucks. I told them thanks but no thanks. Im going to the dealer tomorrow to pick up my insurance card so while Im there I guess I'll have them check it out. if they test it though it will register a good charge because i drove it there. should i cash in and buy the optima?
 

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Go to your PONTIAC dealer and get another one under warranty. If you purchased the GTO from a NON Pontiac Dealer and you are less than 36K you have a factory warranty. Get registered under a Pontiac dealer. DO NOT let the dealer you purchased it from do it for you. You should be covered.
it was purchased from a pontiac, buick, chevrolet, chrysler dealership but I am good friends with the dealer's son who works there also.
 

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You won't feel a difference between the Duralast brand, or Optima, other than the sting in your wallet. As long as they are Gel-Cell, Deep-cycle batteries, the difference is negligable and more dependent on your maintenance and driving than the battery itself.

I did Car Audio/performance for 9 years, and have always had issues with GM's batteries. Sold Optima's and SVR batteries by the boatload to frustrated customers, sick of dealing with a 90 year old Acid/lead core battery design.

Sears, Autozone, Pep-Boys, as well as a slew of other vendors will be able to get you a great battery. Now if it's like $60.... I'd say you're just wasting your money, but a good battery will be $90-130.
 

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The alternator needs to be tested as well to be sure it`s actually charging the battery or causing the drain on it.
I don't believe it's his alternator, as he states that it's fine when he drives for a little. Only when resting, but it's a good idea to test it. All you need is a multimeter.
 

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I don't believe it's his alternator, as he states that it's fine when he drives for a little. Only when resting, but it's a good idea to test it. All you need is a multimeter.
A multimeter will test voltage output, but will not check for the alternator causing a drain on the battery when the car is shut off. You could try to remove the battery cable after running it for a while and then let it sit the couple hours. Reconnect the cable if it starts then it`s something on the car, if it still doesn`t start then for sure it`s the battery.
 

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Granted the factory installed Delco's aren't the best but there top of the line is right up there. That will be my future battery.
ACDelco Professional 6YR and 7YR Batteries: Best Free Replacement Limited* Warranty in the Industry | ACDelco News | ACDelco

Personally I paid for a warranty and I'll use it. If you don't mind paying for a warranted part then do what you feel is best. IMO I'd get it replaced and worry about paying 200 for another one some 3 years or so.
Point taken. I didn't because my nearest Pontiac dealer is 45 minutes of L.A. traffic away. Autozone is 3 min's. lol. Time is $$$:lol::lol:
 

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I've decided it's going into the dealer tomorrow and I am going to have them work on it since I need to pick up my insurance card from them anyway. I'm hoping they will just replace the battery under warranty. I'll keep you guys posted
 

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Point taken. I didn't because my nearest Pontiac dealer is 45 minutes of L.A. traffic away. Autozone is 3 min's. lol. Time is $$$:lol::lol:
autozone is a scam for diagnosis. They scan computers for free, but you have to remember, they're into selling parts. So they try to upsell all the parts for any codes that may come up. Some codes can cascade into multiple other codes and it takes a real tech to find the exact cause of all the codes, and not just throw parts at the car till the light goes off.
 

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Taking a car of this nature to an Autozone or a Pepboys is unwise. BAD move.
IMO only a well seasoned trained mechanic or someone you know well enough to work on it should be in that engine bay even if it's only an electrical systems check.
 

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Taking a car of this nature to an Autozone or a Pepboys is unwise. BAD move.
IMO only a well seasoned trained mechanic or someone you know well enough to work on it should be in that engine bay even if it's only an electrical systems check.
AMEN Brotha!

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problem solved!

all better! i took it into the dealer and they it was a dead battery so for the sake of time they took another battery out of another gto on the lot and stuck it in mine now it runs great! no probs! they did order me another one though so thats good too!
 

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At the risk of putting the jinx on myself...I have not had a problem with any A/C Delco battery on any car I have owned since buying my first in 1985...as for the deep cycle batteries...I have read that if you don't daily drive them and/or leave them on the battery tender, they may give up the ghost early...good luck,
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No one claimed that deep cycle batteries last longer. The difference is that with a acid base battery, the acid no longer carries a charge in an effective manner once the battery is completely discharged. A chemical reaction takes place as the battery discharges, rendering it almost useless. More specifically, it's the acid interacting with the led core. Once the reaction is completed, the battery no longer holds a charge. It's irreversible. High school chemistry.

A gel-cell, deep cycle battery, can be depleted and recharged numerous times without losing it's ability to hold a charge. It can be cycled (charged/discharged) to a much greater degree (hence the "deep") without any ill effect on the batteries performance.

In regards to lifespan... I have yet to see a major difference in duration/lifespan if both are cared for properly, and not strained (i.e. underdrive acc. pulley, huge sound-system, leaving the lights on..etc...). If someone tells you otherwise... let me know as I'd like to see the proof.
 
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