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My batteries seem to drained after the truck sits for 1 or 2 days. I go out turn glow plugs on and my Edge Insight CS shows FICM @ 47.5 volts and battery voltage hovering around 10.8 volts.

When I crank the truck battery voltage drops between 9.7 - 9.9 volts. The truck will start, but real slow to crank. Once I crank the truck the CS shows 13.9 volts charging, so I think the alternator must be good.

What should the battery voltage be when cranking the truck? If one battery is bad, can I replace the one or better to replace both?
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The glow plugs will really knock it down and they don't shut right off after the truck starts so you may see a low voltage for a minute after she fires .
however that low and slow crank is a reason tor load test them and if bad replace in pairs

WHY ? because they are tied together without an isolator so the better battery will always be draining into the lower voltage battery
best to get two matching batteries

bad or low batts are not a freind of the 6.0 electronics

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I will take the truck up to O'reilly's and have them load test it. I called Ford today and they priced the batteries at $129 ea. I thought about replacing with Motorcraft since I have a $100 credit with them to bring the price down.
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My batteries seem to drained after the truck sits for 1 or 2 days. I go out turn glow plugs on and my Edge Insight CS shows FICM @ 47.5 volts and battery voltage hovering around 10.8 volts.

When I crank the truck battery voltage drops between 9.7 - 9.9 volts. The truck will start, but real slow to crank. Once I crank the truck the CS shows 13.9 volts charging, so I think the alternator must be good.

What should the battery voltage be when cranking the truck? If one battery is bad, can I replace the one or better to replace both?
Let us know what you find out. Mine is dropping into the high 9's while cranking, but seems to start fine. Every thread I read though, tells me my batteries are suspect.

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Bad batteries will kill your FICM - heat is generated as the FICM tries to properly amplify the voltage.

When people tell you that you probably have bad batteries in a 6.0L, you relly need to get it checked out and taken care of!

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In general on 12 volt systems anything lower than 9.6 volts is cause for concern. Could be connections,battery,starter,cold weather.
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I will take the truck up to O'reilly's and have them load test it. I called Ford today and they priced the batteries at $129 ea. I thought about replacing with Motorcraft since I have a $100 credit with them to bring the price down.
they sell a couple of versions make sure you get the highest CCA version

and they are good batteries IMHO

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Tested the batteries today after work and found the passenger side battery is the one failing. I'm gonna take into Ford either Friday or Saturday and have them test it also. If they get the same results as O'reilly's I'll go ahead and replace.
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I took the truck into Ford yesterday (Thurs 3/8) to have the batteries checked to confirm O'reillys testing results.

All I can say is if you use one of the auto parts store for testing make sure they know what they're doing. O'reillys told me passenger battery bad and drivers side was good.

Ford's tech allowed me to watch the test and they found one battery at 67 cold cranking amps and the other at 670 cranking amps. Here's the techs inspection report:

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I ended up with a new set of Motorcraft batteries. The service mgr even advised they'll pay for a tow if the batts die anytime within the first 3 years.
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how do your cranking voltages read with the new batteries?

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