Battery, Alternator, or ??? Truck Choking

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Asked by Jul 27, 2016 at 09:20 PM about the 1999 Ford Ranger XLT Standard Cab LB

Question type: General

Driving home in Ford Ranger, battery light
came on, truck choking, no reading on
battery gauge it was on lowest end, lights
on radio flashing, unhooked positive cable
and truck sound changed, was real smooth,
battery gauge went up to middle section,
radio lights no longer flashing.  When
reconnecting sound got weird again, radio
light flashing, Battery gauge dropped.
What's possibly wrong?

3 Answers

68,545

First of all you should not be disconnecting the positive (+) battery cable with the engine running! Ever!! This can cause a voltage spike that will fry the electronics in a modern vehicle! You got lucky! Sounds like the alternator is working so I'd recommend load testing the battery. Perhaps it's shorted internally or has a bad cell. HTH. -Jim

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Thanks Jim . . I've just remember being told to do that to see if it would stall possibly then being alternator. Checked the connections again, cleaned up posts and found I had a bad ground connection. All seems to be running ok now. I read it also when I googled. Google saves this gal from expensive shop repairs.

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68,545

You're welcome. Glad to help. Very happy you got it fixed! Thank you for the best answer click too!! -Jim

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