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Old 11-29-2009, 07:09 PM
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Gauges Going Crazy After Start

Searched for about thirty minutes and couldn't find anything. I've posted plenty of how-to's so bare with me if this topic has already been discussed.

When I try to start my truck, the engine barely starts, my head lights come on for a brief second, and my gauges bounce out of control. I need to fix this problem or else the continuous brief flash of my HID head lights will damage my bulbs.

I have had my battery die in the past 3 months after not starting it for 3 days. The only thing I can think of is that I have a bad battery. If anyone has experienced this and fixed it please let me know.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:14 PM
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Get the battery tested. Also, could it be an alternator on the way out?
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:26 PM
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if its the stock battery then it may be time for a new one. yesterday i had my dash light/radio and headlights on only for 10-15mins top and my battery died. i had to call triple A to give me a jump. the guy said my battery was good just drained and he also said that batteries only last 3-5 yrs and my truck is an 07 so, it could be time for a new battery since yours is an 05.
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Old 11-29-2009, 07:43 PM
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The gauges bouncing is the first sign of a bad battery. Your's has lasted longer than most of the newer ones.
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:12 PM
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it is defiantly your battery i was having the same problem not starting hard to start lights coming on when switch was off fuel pump clicking when key was out... got my battery replace and it stopped doing it
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Old 11-29-2009, 08:20 PM
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after checking the battery and alternator you need to check for a voltage drop test/battery drain overnight or when not in use. Something is staying on and it prolly drain your batt. You could do this test with a volt meter.
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Old 11-29-2009, 10:48 PM
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Its your battery. Mine did the same thing until I got a new battery.
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alright so it's the battery... crazy, my dad's 04 f150 still has the factory installed battery and it cranks up fine...i have cycled it way more than he has though. thanks for the help guys i'll go have my battery tested in the morning.
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alright so it's the battery... crazy, my dad's 04 f150 still has the factory installed battery and it cranks up fine...i have cycled it way more than he has though. thanks for the help guys i'll go have my battery tested in the morning.
These trucks take a lot of juice. There are a lot of systems that stayed powered all the time. My original battery lasted 35 months, went dead immediatly while I was in a store.
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Old 11-29-2009, 11:36 PM
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Needle sweep is a true sign of a bad battery and or altenator. My truck is starting to act funky too. Hard starting and chugs everyonce in a while at first start up. I better get a new battery before the winter starts and cold weather gets here. Even though I work at a garage and that's where I am 75% of the time. But knowing my luck I won't be at work at ill be dead in a parking lot and now having someone to help haha
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Old 11-30-2009, 01:06 AM
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Sounds like the battery to me as well. My old Mustang gauges did the same thing when it was time for a new battery.
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Old 11-30-2009, 06:42 PM
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Searched for about thirty minutes and couldn't find anything. I've posted plenty of how-to's so bare with me if this topic has already been discussed.

When I try to start my truck, the engine barely starts, my head lights come on for a brief second, and my gauges bounce out of control. I need to fix this problem or else the continuous brief flash of my HID head lights will damage my bulbs.

I have had my battery die in the past 3 months after not starting it for 3 days. The only thing I can think of is that I have a bad battery. If anyone has experienced this and fixed it please let me know.
I'd say battery...
Believe it or not I'm on my 3rd battery in less than a year and only 10k miles.. First battery was replaced the day I took delivery of my 2008 f150. Dealer drove truck to front drive for me to drive home. It hadn't sit more than 20 minutes before I got in it to start and drive away. It did exactly what yours did but wouldn't start. Dealer replaced battery and all was fine for 8 months. Then it did it again several times within a few weeks. I took it to a different dealer and they determined it was a bad battery (wouldnt hold a charge) and noted that the battery had already been replaced once before. They scratched their head not knowing why I was going through so many batteries.
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