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Old 07-25-2005
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My truck wont start either, similar to evan's

yesterday i went offroading and went trought some mud puddles and after the red battery light on the gauge stays lit when ever the engine is on. I was driving home tonight and the radio and gauge light started to dim then turned off and the battery gauge went to low, and when i got home i tryed to start it again, and it just clicks. I think it's the alternator, is it?

and you think i can take it to ford under warrenty? haha it really really clean now after i spent 4 hours getting all the mud out. and if it is how would i get it to the dealer?

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Old 07-26-2005
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i would try to jump start it first and let it run to see if the altenator charges the battery..also check the fuses

Im sure that would be covered
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Old 07-26-2005
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That Tommy said. Basically, if you're running off of just the battery, it'll do what you said. When it's clicking, that's normal for a battery that's been run down.

However, it does sound more like alternator to me. If it got any water in it, that'll do it. As Tommy suggested, jump it and let it run for a bit, see if the alternator starts charging it. If not, likely time for a new one.
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All I did was get a new battery....but take it to the dealer and they can probably tell you the problem.

Edit: But if it was my alternator....i'll tell you in a couple days....lol
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When my alt went bad from mud the batt light was on whenever the engine was on. It all happened the same day as I was driving the truck started acting weird: the lights dimmed, the radio stopped working, it idled erratic, then it finally died. The next day my dad charged the battery and it only lasted for the 15-20min drive to the dealer.
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His truck only has 8K miles on it too that sucks man.
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So have you figured out what the problem is.....?
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Old 07-26-2005
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no, not yet but it started today, a couple times?? wtf,

im taking it to ford tomorrow, so we will see.
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Old 07-26-2005
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Maybe loose connections on the batter or your teminals need to be cleaned. Just a thought
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Old 07-27-2005
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Weird...When I left work two days ago my truck was dead, nothing when I turned the key. I got a jump from a coworker, drove home...the radio kept turning on and off, the truck would i want to say stall and kick over again but i never had to restart it, and the speedo would jump when at a stop. When I got home, I turned it off, tried turning it on again and nothing. I popped the hood and the night before i had wired up the winch cable (probably wrong) so I disconnected that and presto, started right up. I read up some more on the wiring the winch and figured out i had connected the positive to positive on the battery but the other connection to the chassis and not the negative lead on the battery. I will try that tonight I guess to see if that works. I'm guess the way I wired it drained the battery somehow...but where did the power go???
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