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Alternator...no, battery...no, starter...no,...then why wont my truck start?!
Sorry for the long winded question but I want you guys to know the facts...
My battery light came on about 3-4 weeks ago and for 4-5 mins then went out. Not 10 mins later the truck shuddered to a stop. Being as how the batteries are only a year or two old, I deduced that it must be the alternator. But I had a local battery/alternator shop test just be sure. They came to the same conclusion. I replaced the alternator with a 200amp from a reputable alternator company off eBay. That was 3-4weeks ago. Everything was working perfectly until yesterday. Went out in the AM to crank the truck and got nothing but click,click,click.
Took the batteries it to AutoZone to have them checked. They charged them fully and I put them back in my truck. Truck starts fine but I wanted to make sure I didn't get a faulty alternator so I immediately drive the truck to AutoZone to have them run an alternator test to check the voltage. Pushing out 12.38volts. Test concludes that the charging system is good. I drive back home and don't go back out for the rest of the day.
Fast forward to this morning, go out and try to crank the truck....same click,click,click. All of this within 12 hours. Full batteries to completely drained. What gives? Nothing was left on. I don't think this is a fuel issue.