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Old 04-29-2007
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I am: Cory Hughes
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i dont know..

i just bought a brand new battery.. an optima yellow top actually. my old battery wasnt completely dead, just getting there. i figured i might as well fix it before im stuck on the road somewhere. so whenever i installed this battery, i tested the alternator the same day and it tested good. cool. 2 weeks later my brand new optima is on the verge of death. i kept my old battery just in case.. i went ahead and put it in so i can get to work tomorrow. the battery light is still on... i dont know what to do. i was researching relays in the catalog at work and saw some relay called a batt charge relay... never heard of it but apparently its there. think this could be the source of my wows????

1996 Ford F-250 XLT 4x4 w/ a 460

Used to own: 1998 Ranger XLT 4.0L, 4x4, Stepside, 5 stpd, ext cab 2dr, Bright Red
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Old 04-30-2007
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What about a bad battery cable or end?
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Old 04-30-2007
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i never heard of that on our trucks but i think you need to have the alternator bench tested and like the above poster said go through the connections...
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Old 04-30-2007
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i've heard plenty of horror stories on optima's... how long do you have the truck sit without driving? i know that discharging the battery a few times would kill it.
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