2003 Ford F-150 Fuses, wireless remote or alternator drainin

Tiny
JOSEM198613
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  • 2003 FORD F-150
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 177,000 MILES
Charging system symbol illuminated, battery gauge on dash dropped from normal to low, truck turns off after 20 mins or so. What could be the problem?
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Monday, July 26th, 2010 AT 9:35 PM

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Tiny
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Have you had the alternator tested?
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Monday, July 26th, 2010 AT 9:36 PM
Tiny
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No I have not, need to recharge battery first then I will test the alternator, if that is not the problem coudl it be the wireless remote?
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Monday, July 26th, 2010 AT 9:40 PM
Tiny
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It could have something to do with it. Check the alt. If it shows good, let me know. I explaine how to perform a draw test. If there is a draw, I'll have you remove one fuse at a time until the draw stops. At that point, we'll know what circuit the problem is coming from.

Let me know.

Joe
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 12:51 AM
Tiny
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Ok, I will take the battery to get recharged then I will check the alternator. Ill get back to you some time today. Thank you very much!
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 8:11 AM
Tiny
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If you can make it to a parts store, they will check the alt for you. If you can't, here is a how to for checking it yourself. It is very easy to do.

http://www.2carpros.com/how_to/how_to_test_alternator.htm

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Tuesday, July 27th, 2010 AT 9:37 PM
Tiny
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The alternator works fine. The battery is charged. The symbol is still illuminated and its still not recharging the battery.
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Friday, July 30th, 2010 AT 7:40 PM
Tiny
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You must have a fuseable link between the alt and the battery that is bad. Check them for continunity.
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Saturday, July 31st, 2010 AT 12:14 AM
Tiny
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Ok, can I check them by using the "light buld' tester?
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Monday, August 2nd, 2010 AT 8:38 AM
Tiny
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Not sure what that is. If it is a regular test light, no. If it is self powered, you can, but pay attention if the light is dim. I would recommend an ohm meter that has a continunity setting. That way you can see how much resistance is in the wire.
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Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 AT 12:35 AM

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