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I have a 03 Expedition EB and I have a intermitant problem: the battery light comes on, chimes, message center ...



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Old 06-15-2004, 07:22 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Question battery light/check charging system

I have a 03 Expedition EB and I have a intermitant problem: the battery light comes on, chimes, message center says check charging system. I have had it at the dealer twice, once for two days, they say Ford is aware of the problem but does not have a fix at present! This morning my wife drove about 10 miles round trip and she said it beeped and blinked all the way. HELP!
UPDATE- Returned to dealer and they installed a new alternator, didn't help, still has problem. Today I bought a volt meter that plugged into the lighter outlet to see if the voltage was falling off when it started chiming, etc. It was not! The voltage is staying between 13.5 - 14. Any ideas? Maybe a shorted wire behind the dash, instrument cluster? I'll take it back to the dealer Monday, they are trying. Thanks for any suggestions.

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Old 01-23-2005, 09:44 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I am having the same problems in my 03EB. It just started last night driving through the snow. I have an appt Wed. at the local dealer for the mirrors moving on there own and a squeling noise under the hood(possiblly bad pulley). I'll keep you updated.

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Old 01-25-2005, 03:23 AM   #3 (permalink)
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I read a post just a few days ago on Blue Oval News, guy having the same problem. He said dealer in Aransas Pass (TX) found his problem was a wiring harness was shorting out on part of the a/c unit. They replaced and rerouted under warranty. I'm taking this print out to my dealer and get them to check it out.
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Just got mine back and they gave me a new alt. & battery.The noise under the hood ended up being the power steering pump was shifted slightly.The also fixed the mirrors.
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cookiemonster, did you ever find a solution to this problem? My 03 expy is doing the same thing - the alternator was replaced and this did not resolve the issue.
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Old 02-02-2006, 10:39 PM   #6 (permalink)
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As of now it is still a problem. My dealer has not been able to find the problem.
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Old 02-03-2006, 10:39 AM   #7 (permalink)
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well thats not what i wanted to hear.....

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Cookiemonster, the dealer replaced the wiring harness that runs between the alternator and the battery, and the problem is gone. If you want additional info on this fix let me know.
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Any additional info would be helpful, I will take it to the dealer, maybe they can use the info to find my problem, Thanks!
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Old 09-02-2011, 08:14 PM   #10 (permalink)
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I am having the same issue as some of you. I will get the "Check Charging System" message along with the battery light. It can go for a day or two with no messages, then multiple messages back to back. Has there been any new light shed on this subject? I could really use the help.

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