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04 f350 battery cant keep up

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by gtmustang00, Feb 22, 2010.

  1. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    During storms it seems like the battery cant keep up with the plow and the strobes. It happens on all the dump trucks (3 04 v10's) and not on the single wheel 5.4 trucks. What gives, problem still happens with new batteries, been happening since new. Is the solution to wire up 2 batteries? Where are you guys placing a 2nd battery?
  2. branr1

    branr1 Member
    Messages: 32

    Is there a larger Alternator available? What the difference in the Battery's and Charging systems on your V8 trucks?
  3. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    i have been looking for larger alternators but can't seem to find them.
  4. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

  5. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    Make sure all the electrical connections are good and clean. Especially the grounds.
  6. mrv8outboard

    mrv8outboard Senior Member
    Messages: 205

    Did the truck get ordered with the plow prep package? The plow prep alternator has a higher amp rating. Check the one that is installed. I have seen some alternators charge at idle but drop out around 1100-2400 RPM's. So do check that as well.
  7. mwalsh9152

    mwalsh9152 Senior Member
    Messages: 434

    I bought mine from here http://www.dbelectrical.com/

    I got the 220Amp alt, and have no complaints. I bought my starter there too

    how old are your batteries?
  8. bigbadbrad

    bigbadbrad Senior Member
    Messages: 836

    i got the 220 for my powerstroke also, and i just got a new high torque starter in the mail have not had time to put it on yet, i had also ordered some other stuff from them. seems to be good so far, fast shipping. http://www.db-starter-alternator.com/

    and as for your problem you need 2 batteries and upgrade your alternator to a larger one, espcially if your dumps are electric ove hydalic, that sucks some power.
  9. gtmustang00

    gtmustang00 Senior Member
    from Berlin
    Messages: 752

    We change out the battery's every 2 years, and the trucks have the plow prep package. Think we can get away with just changing out the alternator to a high amp one? Is anyone else having this issue with the v10?
  10. chasity2682

    chasity2682 Member
    from canada
    Messages: 76

    same kind of thing

    I have the 2010 F350 V10 ext cab with the plow prep provisions and i find when i am using it for a while the lights start dimming really bad and the plow starts moving a little slower and I only have about 3500KM on it. I have'nt had it checked out but if I do I will let you know.
  11. MickiRig1

    MickiRig1 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,617

    A good automotive component rebuild shop can build up your stock alternator for about $1.50 an AMP. So it will fit in the same place.
    Use the search function on the Gray Line At the Top.
    Search: Charging, low power, duel batteries.
    It's an issue that's beat to death many times here. You will have hours of reading come up.
    It's a very common problem, most here has faced it at one time or another.
  12. snoway63

    snoway63 Senior Member
    Messages: 344

    I have a 05 F350 surpeduty with the v10 and i just have the lights dimming a little as Im raising or angling the plow and thats it but never drains the battery down bad, some say its normal but i dont really know
  13. damian

    damian Senior Member
    Messages: 330

    look up american armature they sell their own design high output alternators for emergency vehicles,hopped up stock alternators never last,not designed for the added heat of higher output.
  14. oldmankent

    oldmankent PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,322

    You definitely should be running at least two batteries. You can probably put the second battery in the engine compartment.
  15. mattbob18

    mattbob18 Junior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 16

    Well i believe for ford you can put dual alternators? (I think?) If not there is many ways this problem can be fixed. Like what makes you think the battery's not keeping up, what is it doing?