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Im stumped

Discussion in 'Ford Trucks' started by albhb3, Dec 14, 2010.

  1. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    alright guys got a 98 ranger on saturday night in the snowstorm from hell here in mn blew my serp belt engine got hot boiled some antifreeze and made it to a safe spot and shut it down. I let it cool off then looked under the hood saw that the coolent was empty and the serp belt was shot pieces everywhere:dizzy: Went to orileys got a new belt and coolant
    the same night started and ran fine but soon found out the engine died. Next day get truck towed home "thanks triple A" and remove alternator take it in get it tested its done. Replace it jump the truck and still wont charge. Take battery in get it load tested done as well. Replace that and I figured were good to go. Starts right up and drive it around the block notice the battery gauge is a little low but thought it would come around. Get up this morning having to go help with some shoveling get 10 min into drive heat on and all of a sudden the rpm gauge starts fluttering again and ive just about had it. Do you guys have any suggestions of what could be the problem I really dont want to take it to the shop already in 300+ but will if I have to. Also trying to get it defrosted in the garage with a kerosean heater Thanks for any help:mechanic:
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2010
  2. woodchuck2

    woodchuck2 Senior Member
    Messages: 304

    Not charging is my guess. Put a meter on it and see what the voltage is at the battery when it is idling. You should have 13-15volts at the battery at idle. If it is 12v and under take the alternator back and have it tested. Be sure your connections are tight too.
  3. albhb3

    albhb3 PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 3,523

    well I finally figured it out. Big dummy stupid me didnt put the tensioner down but left it up. what is weird is that it kept the engine temps down with it up but wasnt enought to charge the battery
    Last edited: Dec 15, 2010
  4. suzuki0702

    suzuki0702 Senior Member
    Messages: 649

    check your wiring on your charging system. my guess is a wire is fryed somewhere. ive seen once a corroded crimp connecting that would keep amperage flowing from the alternator back to the battery