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06 f150 if lights left on for under 10 min truck needs jump

Battery checks ok and did it once before when ign left on for about 15 min starts up with jump and no other starting problems starts when cold and only other problem is back up sensor goes out as soon as i put it in reverse

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  • gsantane Apr 08, 2009

    battery replaced and problem solved

  • Richard Scordino May 11, 2010

    either you have a really big power drain or the alternator is not putting out enough to keep battery fully charged. check alt output with lights/accessories on/off . voltage should not drop below 12.5 running have you checked this?

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Your first three words...battery checks ok....??? See why its difficult to do this from my end?
Anyhow, here are a few suggestions to keep new battery OK.
If you like to sit in parking lots (or other places) with the radio on, put a small battery charger on your battery every month or so to bring it back to fully charged.
If you run the battery down by leaving anything on (key, dome light headlamps, and need a jump to start, charge the battery with charger also, as soon as you can. Reason is, your alternator is not designed to charge a battery. It's purpose is to maintain the state of charge in the battery. Though it may seem OK after a jump and drive, it will never again have a deep charge unless you put it there with a charger.
This also overworks the alternator.
So aside from keeping it clean on the outside, if you follow this rule it will be happy on the inside and give you even longer than its expected service life in return. Good luck with your car!!

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2006 fi50 lariat 4x4 check charging system promp came up but gauge was fine had it checked (because i was away from home and it was a sunday on a holiday w/end) at auto zone and it was charging fine but on the way home gauge dropped to low but went back up and display showed "check charging system" think its alt. but maybe someone had this same situation and its something else.

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