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James, Ford Technician
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I have a 2001 ford focus zx3(5 speed) I have been having

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I have a 2001 ford focus zx3(5 speed) I have been having issues with it shutting down the gauges shut off the radio & lights get dim or blink on & off, then I will let car set overnight and it will be fine the next morning or for a couple of days then it does the same thing over again??
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Ford
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

Hello, has the vehicle died on you yet?

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
it died then acts like battery is dead
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

I would charge the battery. It sounds like you have an issue with the alternator not keeping the vehicle electrical system charged.

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
I did charge battery I have also had battery & alternator checked out I just changed out alternator 5 months ago
Expert:  James replied 1 year ago.

A 5 month old alternator can still fail. The only accurate way to test an alternator is with a machine that Conan monitor diodes. If you have one bad diode the alternator will always test good without certain test equipment.