1997 Ford F-150 Battery Light

Tiny
50FLINT
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  • 1997 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 4WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 158,000 MILES
I started my car last night and dorve about 1 mile. After that the battery light came on, the head lights went out, the radio went of, the dash lights went really dime, the abs light came on as well. I think I wis the alternator. Could this be the case or is it the battery. The battery is bout 4 years old. Would the truck have some type of swith that would shut those things down and continue to run. The truck started without hesitation.
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Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 12:51 PM

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Tiny
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Replace BOTH the battery and alternator, a weak battery can kill an alternator on Fords. Yours is in obvious distress already.
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Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 12:53 PM
Tiny
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I was told that the alternator can be rebuilt and thta all that normally goes wrong is the bushing go bad. Would you suggest having someone rebuild the alternator.
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Saturday, June 5th, 2010 AT 12:58 PM
Tiny
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When you buy a rebuilt, thats what you do. Not possible to buy "new" anymore.
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Sunday, June 6th, 2010 AT 9:47 AM

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