I have a 1998 Ford F-150. I was running around in it yesterday, this morning it wouldn't start. I opened the door, and the dome light and cargo light started flashing in roughly 3 second intervals. Went to start the truck, and it just clicked repeatedly. The clicking gradually got weaker and stopped after repeated attempts. Tried using a jump starter, this didn't work. Have had issues with the battery dying in the past, but i believe all those instances were operator error. Ideas?


Asked by Jan 13, 2016 at 10:45 AM about the 1998 Ford F-150

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

7 Answers

Tom Demyan

Battery might be done for, what is the voltage? If you don't have a volt meter, remove it and have your local auto parts store test it for you, they do it for free.

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Also, the battery is new and still under warranty.


Gauges jumping around, lights flickering, strange electronic operation are signs of a weak or dying battery. Check the voltage with a multi-meter and see if it is 12.5 or so volts. If not, and the battery is not defective, suspect the alternator. Issues with an otherwise good battery dying points to a parasitic drain on the battery. Not difficult to find, but to lengthy to explain here. U-Tube probably has a video showing how.

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Sounds like an alarm kicked in. Just to make sure, disconnect battery and while battery is disconnected, turn ignitiin jey to on position, then reconnect battery while key is still in the on position and try it


It was the battery. My cargo light will stay for roughly an hour after the truck has turned off. My only thought is that this has gradually ruined my battery. I'm going to remove the bulbs since the aren't necessary to the functioning of the vehicle. Thanks all!


Something else to consider. Probably a half dozen times I have seen the same problem (drain on the battery) when owner is away from vehicle. Seems individuals just love to pack their glove box about 20 percent past capacity. Forcing the box closed usually breaks the glove-box light attachment points causing the switch not to work, since it is all made of plastic. Sort of like wondering if the refrig light goes off when you close the door.


Your cargo light is staying on because one of your doors is not closing alltheway, check the weatherstrip around your door, it's probably off the rail which causes your door not to close fully

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