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Electrical problems - Bad Alternator?
I'm hoping everyone here on the .org can help me solve an electrical issue. It was about 35 degrees when I came out of work last night. Stupidly, I didn't wait for the glow plug light to cycle off before starting the truck. I cranked on it for about 20 seconds....no start. Turned it off and waited for the glow plugs and it started right up. Drove about 5 miles to the gym with no issues. After the gym, the truck started right up again and I started the drive home. About 15 miles into the trip, I noticed the ABS light came on. A little further, I noticed the gauges on my pillar not working and the radio started to turn on and off with the clock flashing rapidly on and off. I pulled off to the side of the road and shut the truck off, thinking that restarting it would possibly reset something. When turning the key to restart, the truck turned over a few times and just clicked. Tried to start it a few more times with no luck. I was able to get my wife to come out and give me a jump, after which I got home as fast as I could. On the rest of the trip back, headlights got progressively dimmer and all of the gauges on the instrument cluster went out. I got home just in time before it died again.
I'm thinking the symptoms are pointing to a dead alternator but don't know where to start checking. I'm pretty good with all things mechanical but have no idea when it comes to electrical issues. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Sorry for the long post but wanted to give as much background info as possible.
Truck is a 2004 and both batteries were replaced within the past 6 months.