01 F150 wile driving all gages go crazy then it shuts off


Asked by Jan 27, 2015 at 12:36 AM about the 2001 Ford F-150 XLT Extended Cab SB

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My 01 F150 starts  and runs well after several miles then all gages fall dead or peg out
then the engin speeds up a lot then shuts off will not start.  Will have from 8 to 8 coades..

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have your battery checked and if thats good then the next thing is the alternator

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Bob Beaman

Get the codes read. Could be battery, battery cables, battery ground or something else. Alternator could be bad not charging the battery. While it is running check the voltage at the battery, if it is 14.0 to 14.7 volts the alternator is okay. It should run fine for more than several miles if the battery is fully charged with a bad alternator.

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Always thought it might be an eletrical problem. Has new battery. Alternator was checked at the Ford dealer. They said it was good. I will check the cables. Thanks


It is difficult for a shop to diagnose a problem if it cannot be replicated within the shop.


I know ,, In tire and auto for 23 years. . My 2010 F250 had a broken wire in harnes took 8 trips to dealer to f find, Has anyone heard of a bad connection in back of Gage cluster causing a problem?


Oh yes Jimwks1. A relative just retired (age 63) from being a mechanic at a dealership. Stated he was fed up. Indicated the vast majority of problem entering the shop had to do with electronics. What broke the camel's back for him was not being able to locate the cause of a coil on plug problem even with the help of the dealerships large expensive diagnostic machine. He finally traced the problem to the circuitry having to do with the back up camera/television mounted in the center of the dash. That was it for him. Dealerships now need more young nerds in white lab coats than mechanics.

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