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Old 08-11-2010, 04:28 PM
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Truck died on way to Lake George

Nice way to start our vacation! Driving from Connecticut up RT 91 to RT 90 and as I stopped at the last toll I noticed an electrical burning smell. Wife and I had the windows up and a/c on. So i shut the a/c off and put down the two front windows to see if it was coming from outside, like another vehicle. Hoping it was the big rig next to us. Couldn't tell. Went through the toll and put the windows back up and turned the a/c back on and WOW got a good wiff of burning electrical. We knew then that it was our truck. Turned a/c off and put windows back down. Than noticed Nav. unit was off and odometer lights were off. ABS light was only thing on. Took the next exit B3/ RT 22 in Canaan New York pulled into the truck stop and the ABS light was off and the battery light was now on. Backed into a open spot, popped the hood looking for something, a wire melted, anything. Nothing, just smelled that electrical burning smell. My door was open and saw the dome light was dim. Put the windows up and they went up very slow.
Told wife once i shut it off it ain't starting again, and it didn't. Looked around and found no sign of a melted wire. Did find that the passenger side battery eye was red and the drivers side battery eye was green. Than wife tells me that at the toll she saw a wisp of smoke a couple of times coming from her side of the hood.
Tow truck driver came and said if there is a next time put it in neutural first with the parking brake engaged. With no power/juice you can't get it out of park. He had to unhook the linkage underneth.
This all happend on Sunday afternoon. Towed it to a Ford dealer in New Lebanon, NY. He's just looking at it today, he's got no answers yet.
Anyone with any insight? I'll keep posting when I find out more news.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:43 PM
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Finally got my truck back. The alt. went and took the two batteries with it. The tech said he took the alt. apart and it was melted inside, so thats where the burning smell came from. Wish Ford had a voltage gauge in the dash. My ESP took care of the bill, I had to pay $100 for deductable.
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Old 08-13-2010, 02:49 PM
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Glad to hear you back up and running, lucky for you it was only a 100 bucks. I imagine an alternator, 2 batteries and labor wouldn't be cheap.
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