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02 F250 7.3 battery light just came on, is this indicating a bad alternator or battery. Other than the light there are no symptoms so far

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    Thanks guys, thought so, will be dealing with that tomorrow

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The light can be on because the charge or ALT fuse under the hood in the fuse/relay center is blown, or the alternator itself is not producing enough voltage.

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VOLTAGE DROPPING TOO LOW,ALTERNATOR GOING BAD OR BAD GROUND....

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Usually its the alternator, most auto parts places like autozone ect will check the alternator and battery for free.

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