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Old 04-23-2012, 12:55 PM Rookie

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Hey everyone!!

Ok i have a 1997 f-350 7.3 power stroke diesel.

The other day i was driving and stopped at a red light , when all of a sudden my battery gauge started to move back and forth at the red light. The truck started to shimmy and shake.All other gauges were fine , only battery gauge was moving back and forth.

When the light turned green, i started to go and turn left when my truck all of a sudden just died. The radio turned off and on right before the truck died.

I waited to cross intersection and let the truck come to a complete stop.

I then turned the key to start and it started right up.

The truck ran good for the next few days.

Well now on saturday it started to do the same thing, it hasn't died completely again , just shaky and battery gauge acting crazy.

symptoms: shaky truck,shimmying, battery gauge goes crazy, when im driving the battery gauge doesnt shake but it stays on battery level really high.(not in middle)

*** i also have 2 new batteries**bough about 1 month ago**

Can someone help or guide e to what might be problem?


Daniel G.
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Old 04-23-2012, 11:16 PM
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Except for the volt gauge, it sounds like a CPS. Have you had the recall done?
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Old 04-24-2012, 05:11 PM
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This would have NOTHING to do with the CPS. There is no "battery gauge". The voltmeter tells you at what voltage the alternator is running while the engine is running. When it happens, you should measure the voltage at each battery, to see if it fluctuates along with the voltmeter on the dash. Next thing would be to get the alternator load tested at a reliable auto parts store or auto electric rebuilder.

How is the belt/tensioner?
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