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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/1/2010, 5:42 pm

So I decided to drive the Shelby today because it was nice out and first thing I get about a mile into my commute is a low tire pressure light. I stop and check the tires and all are a little low (I'm guessing due to the change to colder weather recently). No big deal I think and head on into work. I go to lunch still have low tire pressure light. Hop in to leave about 3:00 and now in addition to my tire pressure light I'm getting a "check charging system" readout and my battery light is on. Made it home, checked all connections etc. Haven't put my volt meter on it yet but I'm guessing my alternator must be toast. Rediculous considering the car only has 6K miles on it! Anyway I was just curious if anyone else has had any issue with their alternator going south.

Oh and all battery connections are tight and clean. Still starts just fine and seems to lose the light if your climbing above 3K rpm.

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Post by 03.sonicblue on 12/1/2010, 5:58 pm

Sounds like you have a bad diode in the alternator. At least I think that is what they are called. I would just schedule an appointment and have it looked at and tested. You can get somewhere without a battery, but can't get far without an alternator.

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Post by Shelby10' on 12/1/2010, 7:56 pm

Maybe a bad battery? Did you check the voltage? Possibly the alternator is doing just fine....but the battery is crap and wont hold a charge very well.

Just throwing that out there.

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Post by Shelby10' on 12/1/2010, 7:58 pm

FYI.....most that let their car sit for long periods of time use battery tenders. Batteries will go bad if they sit for long periods of time.

I will see if I can find some info on it and post it up.

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/1/2010, 8:10 pm

I'll check it with my volt meter. I always start it at least twice a week but obviously I have no idea how long it has sat before I bought it. Since it was an 07 bought in 2010 by me with only 1400 miles I'd say it sat for an extended period. It seems to crank very strong still, no sluggish crank or anything.

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/1/2010, 8:52 pm

Bad alternator, heard lots of problems with gt500 alternators!
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Post by shelbyrick on 12/1/2010, 9:54 pm

If you are running a lower pulley this will tend to fry alternators, pretty common on these car.
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Post by Shelby10' on 12/1/2010, 10:11 pm

Are the ford batteries covered under your drivetrain warranty? Also if they won't cover it I'd upgrade to a better alternator ;) the run the 10% lower pulley!! More Power!!!

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Post by shelbyrick on 12/1/2010, 10:22 pm

Good luck with that. An upgraded alt is around 280 if i remember right. i have been running my setup for a while with no hiccups yet, but it is something you really need to watch as our cars are controlled by computer which in turn is powered by the alt, there is a chance of running lean at wot if the alt is not operating at full capacity. I would never go back now, the mod fever is hard to break once you start. I always say ok this is it no more......yeah rite!!! Horsepower is ADDICTIVE.
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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/1/2010, 10:30 pm

Batteries not covered under powertrain, only covered under 3/36.
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/1/2010, 11:07 pm

Well I put the volt meter on it and it looks like the alternator must be toast. Anyone know if the alternator is covered under the powertrain warranty? Also just out of curiosity there isn't a fuse or anything that could be shot that might control juice to the battery is there?

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Post by shelbyrick on 12/1/2010, 11:16 pm

http://www.pa-performance.com/Scripts/default.asp
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Post by BMMC1 on 12/1/2010, 11:42 pm

Could be the voltage regulator inside the the alternator. Not sure if you can get the separate from the alt itself.

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Post by Guest on 12/2/2010, 12:10 am

shelbyrick wrote:http://www.pa-performance.com/Scripts/default.asp

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 11:34 am

I checked a 09 car and said alternator was not covered under powertrain.
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/2/2010, 7:21 pm

Since you have some experience here Leonard, if I throw a fit about how the car only has 6K miles on it do you think Ford might cover it? Just curious. I mean it's like another couple hundred bucks I could spend on toys for the toy drive if I don't have to buy a new one right now. I think it's pretty pitiful that it's shot after only 6K miles. Just my .02

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 7:33 pm

You can try to pull some strings, if you have a good relationship with a dealer they can help a customer out. Ford gives them money to cover stuff like this.
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Post by Shelby10' on 12/2/2010, 7:54 pm

Leonard 95 wrote:You can try to pull some strings, if you have a good relationship with a dealer they can help a customer out. Ford gives them money to cover stuff like this.

Im going to throw a fit and ask for a TVS...... Do they have that in the budget?

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 8:00 pm

try it and find out Jarrod! Example, we had customer in yesterday, navigator air susp leak from front strut plates, common problem. Cust just ran out of warranty last month, they CLP the repair and cust paid like 10% or something like that.
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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/2/2010, 9:05 pm

My bumper to bumper did just run out within the last 60 days or so. I guess I'll make some calls and see what they can do. If not at BHF maybe my good buddy David Leonard would try at JCF for me!?

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Post by Guest on 12/2/2010, 10:16 pm

JCF???

Dont you mean BKF?

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/2/2010, 10:27 pm

Oh yeah. Lol

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 10:51 pm

Yea go to jcf and ask for me, haha!
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Post by Shelby10' on 12/2/2010, 10:58 pm

I bet they would know you....you are definitely "Notorious"

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 11:00 pm

Shelby10' wrote:I bet they would know you....you are definitely "Notorious"

For those that dont know David.....this is a picture of him.




They know who I am, been asked to work at jcf a few times but no thx, happy where I am at!
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Post by Shelby10' on 12/2/2010, 11:02 pm

Leonard 95 wrote:
Shelby10' wrote:I bet they would know you....you are definitely "Notorious"

For those that dont know David.....this is a picture of him.




They know who I am, been asked to work at jcf a few times but no thx, happy where I am at!


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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/2/2010, 11:05 pm

So can you pull strings at BKF Leonard to get my issue resolved?

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Post by Leonard 95 on 12/2/2010, 11:13 pm

07Shelby500 wrote:So can you pull strings at BKF Leonard to get my issue resolved?


I honestly highly doubt it, they really don't hook us up or friends of ours for the hook up. Usually customers that come in all the time get the hook up.
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Post by Guest on 12/3/2010, 12:20 am

Oh yes I remember those days the regular whiners get everything

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Post by 07Shelby500 on 12/3/2010, 8:58 am

Damn. I sure don't want to be a whiner!

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