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Old 08-01-2012, 04:22 PM
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New here and new to owning a diesel; having a slight issue.

Hey y'all my name is Robert, 22 years old and I own a 2001 f250 7.3l that I purchased at the beginning of this year. Bought the truck from an older guy who was the original owner and with only 140k at the time with everything being original and from the pacific NW.

Currently I'm in Texas for work moving windmill components. I had to get the original transmission and torque converter replaced along with a 6.0l transmission cooler at just shy of 151k miles, at that time I also had a TS 6 position Chip installed with custom tunes. All the work was done in San Antonio by Truck Source Diesel and they did a fantastic job and Amazing turn around time!

Any ways for the past couple days my trucks battery light has been flickering, until today, after it goes down past about 1700 rpm it became solid my AC quit working but was showing plenty of volts on the dash. Don't have symptoms of dim lighting, slow cranking or anything out of the ordinary. I was wondering if the heat would possibly take a toll on the batteries? Tomorrow I will be testing the batteries with a volt meter, what should the volts typically read on good batteries when disconnected? Also Checked that date on them and they are from 7/05, so hoping that'll be my issue.



Any comments/ suggestions will be greatly appreciated!
Thanks in advance - Robert

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Old 08-01-2012, 09:05 PM
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Glad to have you Robert - to the ORG!!

When you're checking things, check your alternator. I recently had my battery light start to flicker and be on solidly below certain RPMs. My problem was the alternator. I'm thinking yours MIGHT be too. Your description of not having dim lights, etc. When my alternator failed, I drove home about 18 miles from my Moms down the freeway at night. The truck ran well, the radio played, the headlights stayed bright. I think the reason that happened is because our trucks have 2 batteries. But with the date you said about the batteries, it certainly doesn't hurt to check them.

If you have them tested, disconnect them from the truck and have them tested separately.
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Test the batteries separately, and have the alternator checked out.

Welcome to the ORG.
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Welcome Aboard Robert!
Lots of helpful folks here and useful info. Good luck.
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Old 08-02-2012, 02:17 AM
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Old 08-02-2012, 10:38 AM
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Thank you for the warm welcoming y'all. Got the truck fixed, all it was, was the alternator. Old one was only putting out 12.6 volts. Checked the batteries and they both still had 13.5 volts even after the truck sucked some juice out of them. Not bad for batteries being a little over 7 years old.

Thanks for the help and happy to be a member of the Power Stroke family!

Was just wondering if the pic on my first post worked? (hoping I did it right)
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:26 AM
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Glad it was a simple fix.

Pic of the truck with cranes looks good.

I have some of that Texas slimmy white dirt on my work boots from working on a few natural gas projects in SW Texas the past few years.

Where are you working?
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Old 08-02-2012, 11:41 AM
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Currently in SW Texas. Our job site is in the exttremely small town (more like community) called Spofford, and have been living on Fort Clark Springs in brackettville (between Uvalde and Del Rio) for the past 3 and a half months.

It's such a HUGE climate change between here and Oregon. I have never in my life seen so many days of temps over 100 degrees!
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Currently in SW Texas. Our job site is in the exttremely small town (more like community) called Spofford, and have been living on Fort Clark Springs in brackettville (between Uvalde and Del Rio) for the past 3 and a half months.

It's such a HUGE climate change between here and Oregon. I have never in my life seen so many days of temps over 100 degrees!
Welcome to the south
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Hi, . It's good that you found the problem before your batteries went bad.
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