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post #11 of Old 08-31-2008
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Changing between banks (1, 2 or both) there is quite possibly no contact until it "clicks" into place and then there is a solid contact ie: there is no power to anything while changing banks (this prevents power surges and shorts). I had always been told to leave both on while engine was running to charge both. The designation of "engine" battery really means that you aren't supposed to use it for a reading light. If my fan belt were to break the engine would over heat before the batteries were depleted, diesels don't require much in the way of electrical power to run
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