Reason I ask is because I bought a brand new battery last year (or the year before, I can't exactly remember), and its starting to act really strange like it doesnt want to hold a full charge anymore. Is it time to change it already?
It would depend on the battery. Even a cheap battery should last more than a year. Have you ran a trickle charge on it for a few days? Do you keep running it down? It may be best to take it back to where you bought it and have them check it and the date code. It could be a failed battery so they will let you know. It must have some warranty...
In hot weather climates, the electrolite can evaporate off very quickly. This even happens with the so called maintenance free batteries. If you can check the electrolite levels, you should do so a few times a year -- especially when it's hot outside. A bad regulator can do the same thing by overcharging the battery.
I took the battery out and measured the voltage level. It was only at 10 volts. I put it on a quick charger til it was at a full 12-13 volts and bolted it back in. The car starts, but the starter still turns over very slowly for the first few turns, then it quickly "clicks" in.
I would first charge the batt overnite with a trickle charger and then have it load tested. I think most of the big name parts stores can do this for you. Make sure you have a good battery before you try to solve other electrical problems. I have seen Batterys last as long as 8 to 9 years or as little as 2 months. I would say the average life would be 5 to 6 years.
I checked both hot/gnd battery cables for damage or looseness and everything looked good .From here I'm gonna start with the overnight trickle charge, then have the battery tested at the store and see what happens.I hope its just the battery.
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