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I left my truck rest for 12 days when I returned and drove it 50 miles the battery light came on and the elecrical gauge dropped to between 9 and 14. I drove it home another 34 miles and when I got home the gauge was dead. do I have a battery problem or an alternator problem? any ideas?

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Likely a battery problem. Batteries tend to fail when they sit for a while. If your electrical guage was reading 9 - 14, with a dead battery, the alternator was working. Also, if the alternator was dead, you'd likely have noticed dimming headlights and other electrical issues.

But, you could take the battery to AutoZone and let them check it - free.

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