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Old 04-03-2007, 11:16 AM
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Ahh it continues! Help me please

Ok, so I was doing some maint. mainly the Fuel Filter and Cleaning the regulator screen. And I touched the alternator with a wrench an sparked it. The truck still started an ran fine, BUT The voltage stayed at N (at the N in normal on the gauge) So I assumed the something was wrong with the alt. So I took a look and realized it shorted the Voltage regulator on the alternator making one of the terminals in the regulator to burn off. So I went to autozone and got a new regulator and installed it. SAME THING No voltage rise from the alt. After looking and starting it 1 more time for a few sec. and realized that one of the relays were clicking vigorously before starting it. I went to start again and NOTHING, NO POWER AT ALL. Turn the key and nothing. The batteries are not dead.

So after that I disconnected the batteries to let the comp reset it self... Went to start clicked halfway and I HAD POWER then turned key to start and it clicked and went back to NO POWER AT ALL!!

Any Ideas guys, Im leaving for a 3k roadtrip tomorrow and the truck is dead!
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:53 AM
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I'm kind of new around here, but what you've described sounds like 'alternator death' to me--basically it's shorted out. That's why when you're installing an alternator the directions are all very specific about the order in which you hook the power up. I'd pull the alternator and take it to the parts house to be tested. Hope that helps. Course I might be blowing as much smoke as a Powerstroke tailpipe after dumping the clutch....
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Old 04-03-2007, 11:58 AM
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If i disconnect the batteries and connect them again I get power, but as soon as I try to start it NO POWER AT ALL. Batteries Have good charge...

The alt shouldnt have effect on starting it...
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check your grounds , usually relays clicking fast means it is searching for ground
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where and which grounds?
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Old 04-03-2007, 07:12 PM
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Ok, Figured out what it was... A relay, the alt, voltage regulator and part of a wire harness were f'd...

Thanks guys
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