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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-21-2012, 12:27 PM Thread Starter
 
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my truck would not start today,ibelieve my batteries were rrun down or my alt,after charge 11.7 volts & 11 CAN I GET MORE CHARGE or is that it.
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To check the alternator start the truck and put a multimeter to the battery when running, should read 14V. If lower alternator is bad

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By the way 11.7 isn't bad but 11 is

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i put my vw battery in itwas 12.7vand its been sitting a long time,took worst of two out and switched, and truck started,keeping an eye on volts next day or so thanks for input ...oh my volts are under 12 now hoping for greater.
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2 new 65series batteries are a lot cheaper than a diesel starter.
I'm a truck/coach mechanic and only thing i'll put a used battery into is a gas powered car. don't screw around with used batteries, it will cost you more in the end.

did you mean your voltage is 11.7 when running?

after you start the truck it will take a little bit before the glow plug system shuts down completely, check your voltage after running for 5 min, will give you a better idea.

here in Ontario, I can get BXT 65- 950 cca batts for just over $100 each.
cheapie "NEW" starter for an idi 7.3 is over $350

my 7.3 powerstroke clubwagon had a weak starter in it when I got it at 360,000km. with good batteries in it and clean connections, the starter is still hanging in there at 405,000 km, only had to go under and tap it once

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so ya i changed one battery 1year old with higher volts just to get the truck running 11.7 on both ,running so my alt is weak? ,yes? read 13-14 running was normal now not sure to spend money on batts or alt ? am i right to say my batteries would drain fast if alt wasnt charging oris it half way out at producing only 11.7... in response for 68 mecury whoops.
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so ya i changed one battery 1year old with higher volts just to get the truck running 11.7 on both ,running so my alt is weak? ,yes? read 13-14 running was normal now not sure to spend money on batts or alt ? am i right to say my batteries would drain fast if alt wasnt charging oris it half way out at producing only 11.7... in response for 68 mecury whoops.
if you are driving it around and only showing 11.7 Volts it definitely is not charging, won't take you very far with lites and heater running! probably leave you sitting if you shut it down.

you probably need an alt, if you can save on the batteries with a used VW one and just do an alt. you are good.

i can't test your truck for you, but here Partsource will test your alternator for you if you take it in.

what year is your truck?

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post a pic of your alt. and engine compartment and we might be able to help you out a little more.

I checked your profile and saw you have a 94 7.3 psd and I know its a 5spd because I'm psychic, or is it psycotic

there is a lot of people here with all different levels of experience we'll try to help.

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