Hi Joe, I’m sorry to hear about the problems you are having with your truck and I’d like to help. If your battery is discharged to the point where you need a jump, it should be fully-charged with a battery charger as soon as possible. I realize this isn’t always practical, but relying on an alternator to recharge a deeply-discharged battery can lead to a cycle of dead batteries and jumps until either the battery or alternator fails. This video offers some useful tips on diagnosing the health of your battery and charging system- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-yPlx4MBNRU
An Optima 34R is a direct-fit replacement and has the posts in the correct orientation for your truck, but it might be worth trying to fully-charge the battery you have now with a charger, before spending money on a new one. Good luck!
eCare Manager, OPTIMA Batteries, Inc.
I was always told a deep discharge of any non deep cycle starter battery was placing one of its feet in the grave, so to speak.
Does this imply a deep discharge of a Red Top need not be a death knell as long as a full and complete recharge occurs shortly thereafter?