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Battery light went on and the vehicle died under way 20 minutes later.

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If the Power steering and everything else seems to work the problem should be in the Alternator or Battery. Check your Battery cables for loose or dirty connections.

If you find the Battery cables were the problem, you need to recharge the Battery. A jumpstart may get you going, but the Alternator is meant to keep up with the current electrical demands and it will take a long time to fully recharge the Battery.

Autozone and Oreillys can check the Alternator and Battery if they are carried in, or on the car. Since the Expedition is dead, you can take in the Battery for a recharge and testing. This will keep you from needless work removing the Alternator if only the Battery was bad. If the Battery tests good after the recharge, then your only remaining option is to remove the Alternator for testing. Should both the Battery and the Alternator test out good, you have a major electrical malfunction. You will need an electrical shop.

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Discharged or dead battery is one of the possible reasons for a car not to start. Very common is the situation when we forget to turn the lights off overnight (the dome light, for example), which causes the battery to drain. In this case when attempting to start a car, all you will probably hear will be a clicking noise - there won't be enough power to turn the starter. Here is the simple way to check if the battery is discharged: Turn the ignition on. With the engine off, turn the windshield wipers on. If they move way too slow, much slower than usual, the battery is probably discharged. Also look at the dashboard lights - if they appear very dim, the battery is probably discharged.
If the battery is relatively new, it can be recharged. All you need to do is to boost your car and let the engine run for a while to charge the battery.
However if your battery is more than three-four years old, you will probably need to buy a new one. Sometimes, an old battery may even die with no apparent reason, even if the day before it was OK.

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When the battery light is on the dash indicator is alerting u to the fact that the engines alternator is not putting out enough voltage to charge the battery, this means the truck runs solely off the battery, it soon exhausts the battery and the engine stalls.

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