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Old 06-22-2011
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97' Alt or battery?

Basically I started this thread with the anticipation that I will run into some issues while trying to diagnose my problem, or maybe someone can say exactly what the problem is from the info i provided. I am going to use a volt meter later and test the battery and alt tonight.

A little background info. 97' ranger with 120k miles 4 banger. I was out taking an evening drive on some back roads (dirt and gravel) looking for a good place to take some photos. Anyways i was driving for about an hour or so. Once I got closer back to my residence i noticed that my battery light kept flickering, especially when i stopped or used blinkers. My lights were on and i was running my radio and AC may have been on or off (i forget). I also noticed that the battery power level was below the normal area.

I let the truck sit for a few hours and started it back up to move it to the street. Truck started fine, power level was still below correct level. I have noticed in the past probably 2 or 3 times before that when i start the truck it takes a little to get it started (cranks over and over) but will eventually start. This has only happened a few times as i said and not recently.

The battery is a 3 year warranty battery from wally world and i believe i have owned it for 2 or less years. Im guessing the battery is okay (until i run the tests).

From what little information ive disclosed can anybody make a prediction? Personally i think its the alternator and im hoping thats what it is. I don't want to have other issues such as bad grounds etc etc, but i will also check that.
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sounds like the voltage regulator is going out on the alt. take it off the truck, take it to the parts store and have it bench tested.
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Alternator will need to be replaced and probably the battery shortly after. Running your vehicle with the battery only with out getting charged will kill the battery.
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Thanks guys. Took the alt off had it tested at autozone and it failed the test so a new one it is. Everything seems to be working just fine.

Glad it wasnt a short somewhere that i would have to trace down. That would have been a headache.
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