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Old 02-27-2014, 12:24 AM
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Battery Light/Check Charging System Message

Had the unfortunate event of needing a tow to the dealership. On Monday, I was driving my truck while running some errands. On my way home, I had the battery light on the dash illuminate. Scrolling through my system check, it said "check charging system." I turned my truck on and off with no issues. It would restart no problem when turned off. Seemed like the problem was intermittent. Dealership installed two new batteries after mine tested 450CCA and 415CCA. They did a load test on the alternator and it passed. Put out the proper amperage, etc. All was good for a day.

Tuesday, I had the battery light on again and the check charging system appear on the evic. Got a new alternator installed at the dealership that day as the dealership said it was the alternator and since it was an intermittent issue, it passed the load test Monday but not Tuesday. $1800 later (diagnostic fee, batteries, alternator and labor), I now have a check engine light, battery symbol on the dash on, and a check charging system message on the evic when I'm in "acc" mode and the engine isn't running. Never had trouble like this prior to replacing my batteries and alternator.

My questions are:
1) Could the dealership have used a charger to charge the batteries instead of replacing them?
2) By replacing the batteries Monday and not charging them until Tuesday when I got a new alternator deplete the charge causing the battery light and check engine light illuminate when I'm in acc mode? I didn't drive that much on Monday or Tuesday. Maybe 20 miles tops.
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Old 02-27-2014, 06:16 AM
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Maybe a loose or corroded cable? Just throwing out ideas to check.
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