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Thanks for all of your help. I recently had to call AAA and had then test my batteries and I had a bad cell in one of them. I was then rapped by AAA to purchase a new battery and the truck started right up. Then he checked my alternator for me and reported that I was putting out 0V, which was every interesting to me as I am an engineer. So, after he left, I rechecked my alternator with a DMM and received 14.3V. So, what I have learned from this experience is that don't trust Walmart as they will test your two batteries connected together and of course they will pass as one battery and make sure you get the diesel guy at your local ford dealership or the rest of the service people will have no idea what to do, and third don't let AAA test your alternator because they do not know how to test you alternator on a two battery truck. I hope that this helps everyone and that I will be able to learn from my mistakes and not be so naive.
OK, now that I have the truck running with a decent battery and a AAA battery, I want to replace the other decent battery. Both of my batteries were Duralast Gold series batteries, and I never had a problem with them until now. So what I am asking is what are your recommendation on batteries. Should I go with a starting battery or a deep cycle battery? What CCA should I be looking for, I know that I need over 750? Can a mix a starting battery and a deep cycle battery or is that a no no? I do live in the cold and spend much time here is the wintry hell of the north and I need my truck to start up easily at negative temperatures without being plugged in.
Thank you again for all of you help and I hope that everyone else's trucks are running great. Also I hope that I did not disrespect anyone with my early comments, but I have only seemed to be subjected to idiots through this entire ordeal and I could have easily replaced my battery weeks ago when it was tested for the first time for the winter and this would have never happened.
Thanks again for everything and I hope everyone has a great weekend.