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Charging Issues

I have a 2004 F-350 6.0 that is not charging the batteries. The alternator is working properly so I'm guessing I have a broken wire somewhere. Is their anything between the alternator and the battery. Can I just run a new wire from alternator to battery or is it more complicated than that. If I can run a new line is 16 gauge wire sufficient or should I double it up. P.S. I am in a work camp up north so I have no access to stores.
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16 gauge is like speaker wire; you need 4 gauge as a minimum. You may have blown a fusible link if your not charging. Here is a link with a pic on post #34 that has a diagram showing their location.

DC power altenator install

Go to post # 183 for pics of the fusible links coming off of the alternator.

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Have you put a meter on the alternator to check both volts and amps. An alternator can put out 13-14 volts but almost no amperage and that would prevent your batteries from being charged. Also I would check all of your grounds to make sure they are clean and tight.

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Well said and dead on. I forgot how shiney the copper winding in the DC Power were. I have worked mine pretty hard on many occasions. Mine has the purple tint to it inside the housing. Lol.
My question is: how do you know the alt is working properly if it's not charging??


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Thanks for the help it turned out to be a combo of a fusible link blown on one battery and the other being very week.
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Thanks for the help it turned out to be a combo of a fusible link blown on one battery and the other being very week.
Glad you got it worked out and thanks for letting us know what was wrong; it may help someone down the road.
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