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2005 freestar doesn't seem to be recharging battery.. car

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2005 freestar doesn't seem to be recharging battery.. car started fine ran well awhile then after about 1/2 hr lost radio and bottom row warning lights came on...got home ok shut off....later tried to restart ..wouldnt....let set on trickle charge 4-5 hrs and restarted right away..let idle in driveway for 1/2 hr at which time the idle became very rough. shut off and couldn't restart.... put on trickle charge overnight and started great in AM but again in 1/2hr or so rough idle.. shut off ..wouldnt restart
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

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Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

Do you have any indicator lights on, on the dash? Check engine or anything?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
oil indicator check engine seat belt airbag all on
Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

Sorry, I meant when it was running

Expert:  Mike V. replied 4 months ago.

Basically it sounds like the alternator has stopped charging. The thing is, if the battery won't hold the charge it could also be a problem. What I would do is charge the battery and have it tested. Most parts stores will do this free of charge for you. If the battery tests good, then replace the alternator. I believe from your description the van is running on the battery, which would indicate the alternator has failed.

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