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Old 02-10-2011, 08:40 PM
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Exclamation If it wasn't for bad luck...

Well I've been in Wichita Falls, TX for over a month for school. No issues with the truck since I've been here. Well...8 hours before I planned on leaving I am going to get fuel...all my gauges shut off as well as the radio and my Pillar gauges shut off. But the truck kept running. Took it to the Autozone next door and the batteries and alternator checked out. Drove back to base, sat in the lot and looked at my gauge wiring and headlight wiring and it looked good. Let the truck idle, you can see the headlights getting brighter then going back to normal. So I put the truck to high idle, cranked up the heat, and turned on my radio. The lights flickered worse...motor would bog and you could hear the heat blow softer everytime the lights flickered.

So I took it to Oriellys and the guy checked my alternator...he got a 58A reading off it, but didn't have me disconnect one of the batteries so I'm thinking its an incorrect reading. got a new alternator on the way in the morning...but I don't want to swap it out again if I dont need to. Just put a new alternator in the truck back in October...what else could it be? Does anyone know where all the grounding points are? I just need to get back to Florida ASAP! Is there anyone around the Wichita Falls area that can help me? Thanks
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Old 02-10-2011, 09:04 PM
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:15 PM
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One last bump before bed! Wanting to get this figured out in the mornin! Need to get to Florida asap!

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Old 02-10-2011, 11:40 PM
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sorry to hear bout this ben, Hope u figure it out. I wouldnt know were to look.
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Old 02-10-2011, 11:49 PM
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ive read the shifter wire if broken and short out, kills the gauges. but thats on my 99 7.3.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:16 AM
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He said hes gonna check it out. in the morning. hopefully he gets it fixed
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:21 AM
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see if the off button works. or the tow haul mode or what ever the button does at the end of the shifter.
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Old 02-11-2011, 12:34 AM
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I had a 2001 F-150 and I was driving down the road and all my electrical went out just like yours is. I figured it was the alternator so I replaced it and the batteries and everything was fine after that. My truck didn't start back up after I turned it off though, it was dead. But that alternator was on the truck for a long time I actually don't remember it ever being replaced but my dad may have at one point I just drove it for a couple years while I was still in high-school. But if you just replaced I can't see that being the problem. Who knows though you may have got a bad one. It's probably a good place to start. Your truck won't start anymore once your batteries go dead.
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Old 02-11-2011, 05:46 AM
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Going out to check everything again now in the daylight. What's weird is the alternator was just replaced in October...drove up to Indiana and back in November no problems...changed the HPOP in December...drove up here to Texas in January and no issues til I was right outside Dallas. Headlights started surging but it stopped. And now when I'm about to leave it's doing all this...
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