Charging Problems 97 Expedition
I'm experiencing some charging problems on my 1997 Expedition Eddie Bauer 5.4, which I think is a bad alternator.
When the car is running the voltage meter indicates everything is fine, but when the air conditioning is on, the meter will very slowly begin to fall. But - when the motor that fills the load leveling bags kicks in, the meter drops to almost nothing and quickly all guages will drop and the battery/charge light comes on. And the battery does not seem to be taking a charge.
When I have the car running and remove a battery cable, the car immediately dies, which leads me to believe it is the alternator and not a battery problem.
The belt seems tight - and no squeeling - so I don't think that is it.
Am I missing any thing that could be causing this problem?
I can see the car has battery fuses and I'm not sure what those really are or do. Might that be a cause of the problem? Or, is it my alternator, as I suspect.