Could it be something other then the Alternator?
Some quick advise before I just go pulling and ordering parts...
2003 Ford Ranger 4.0, 4wd. 222,000 miles.
Truck died on the highway today. Radio went out, noticed the electric gauge at "L", tach at 0. Hmmm...been here, done that with my '97 F-150 alternator...
Called boss and told him I didn't think I'd make it in (ended up a mile shy). Little bit later the speedometer dropped to 0 as I continued down the Interstate.
When she finally sputtered to an end, I called AAA and she's home now.
Serpentine belt is in place, though it will be replaced once I start working in the area.
I assume I need a new alternator. Do they even test those anymore? Can they be tested if I'm not at a garage with my truck? Is there way to test at home with just a multimeter once I charge the battery to get the truck running?
Is there anything else I should check beyond the basic connections before I order a new alternator?
Anything I should order for parts in addition to the alternator and belt?