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Old 01-27-2011, 04:01 PM
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yesterday and today, while driving, the battery light came on, and the voltage needle was at L. I turned off my radio, and gps, did not make a difference. Checked the wipers and they were moving slow. I shut the truck off, started right up and ran fine, light did not come back on. I called the dealership today, told them what happened, and they said I shouldn't worry about it. Sounds like the dealer might be trying to blow me off. I'm not wrong in thinking that there might be a problem with the alternator or electrical system. The service dept mentioned something about something getting wet which would cause the light to come on. I only have 300 miles on the truck.
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Old 01-27-2011, 04:10 PM
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If the belt got wet and was slipping it could cause this problem but you would have noticed an increased steering effort because the power steering pump would also be effected. I agree, it sounds like the dealer blowing you off. There's nothing normal about what happened.
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My experience with dealers has been that it's better to wait until a problem manifests itself more permanently before taking it in. Not every dealer or every mechanic is either interested in everyone's problems or has the knowledge to mess with stuff that is less than obvious. If it does it every so often it may not happen when you take it in or they may not be able to reproduce it. If it is happening all the time you will get faster repairs with less frustration. Don't worry, you have a long warranty period.
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Sounds like a crock of poo to me . Take it in and let them look at it . If it did it once , it'll do it again , hopefully while your close to home . If your not happy with what they tell you , take it to another dealer .
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The light came back on last night on the way home from work and stayed on, so drove the truck right to the dealership, dropped it off and they were able to get it fixed this morning. Guess the connection to the alternator had come off, they think it probably wasn't very tight when it left the factory. At least it wasn't a major issue, so I can live with that, lol.
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I am glad that it was an easy fix, things like that can be really irritating
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My experience with dealers has been that it's better to wait until a problem manifests itself more permanently before taking it in. Not every dealer or every mechanic is either interested in everyone's problems or has the knowledge to mess with stuff that is less than obvious. If it does it every so often it may not happen when you take it in or they may not be able to reproduce it. If it is happening all the time you will get faster repairs with less frustration. Don't worry, you have a long warranty period.
That's true to an extent. The biggest problem is that if it's an intermittent issue, the diagnostics aren't valid.
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