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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 08:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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Question Fancy alternator

Is there anyone who had a similar problem ?

The alternator charge, don't charge... I let him die ( voltage to the lower red position and battery light on), then, when everything is too low and the engine start to cough a little, there's a regain of power and everything goes back to normal... I let the truck run for 15 mins...time for the battery to charge a little,then when I stop it and try to restart it...it's dead... no more juice. I had a wire on the alternator center, between the big red bolted wire and the three connector wire that was loose. I fix it but same thing again... Is it possible that the alternator is nearly dead ?

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i am not to shur but i think ther is a "alternator field" fuse in your fuse box what year is your truck?

you might have shorted out the fuse wen it was loos i could be wrong thou /

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Marty, it's a 1999 xlt
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post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-22-2008, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
 
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Nope,it's not the alternator field. Just check it out and it's ok...
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Most shops will test you battery and alternator for free takes 2minutes, but make sure it's not the battery lossing it's ability to charge, when you boost it if the truck keeps running until you turn it off your alternator is still giving you power or else it would just die once your battery is drained. Could be both, happend to me.


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I will verify that, Bush-aholic.

At first, when it was starting doing this, I unplug the battery while the truck was running. He had lot of difficulty to stay on, but when I reconnected the battery, it was ok... All was going fine. Now, It start back, but if I unplug the battery live, the truck stop, it's like the alternator don't work at all.

I will try to bring it to a shop to verify both...

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Yup sounds like the alternator, battery might still be good but not for long if you keep draining it an recharging, but if get's you around A to B.

Funny thing is I have a fairly new alternator (replaced by a 250amp, 2 years ago) and a bran new battery(used one for one week a month ago, replaced by a Optima yellow top) sitting in my garage doing nothing for my 99 F150. Too bad you live far away...


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My girlfriend used to live in your corner... Dubreuilville. Her bros were playing hockey at Eliott Lake. We will move in Ontario this summer, but not that far, more near Ottawa. Like you said, too bad... But I found a rebuilt one for $ 72 and it's a 130 amps. The same at carquest is $ 265.00 (ok new) Hope it will come fast :icon_smile:

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