I was driving my girlfriend to a train station this morning and on the way there I felt my power steering fail and saw that the battery light had come on. [color=#000000][font=verdana, geneva, lucida,](Ford Focus 1.6 Zetec-SE 2003)[/font][/color]
This lasted for about 10 - 15 seconds and then it came back on and the rest of the journey was ok.
I recently upgraded the speakers in my front doors and they are running off an AMP in the boot but they shouldn't have been drawing too much power even though I was listening to music at a reasonable level yesterday for around 90 mins while driving.
If that had sucked some charge from the battery, I would have thought I would have experienced problems starting it this morning? It started without fault today.
I've just checked the voltages as follows:
Ignition off - 12.5v
Idling + heated rear window and dipped beams (With 3 pin smart charge system plug on alternator in) 13v
Idling + heated rear window and dipped beams (With 3 pin smart charge system plug on alternator unplugged) 15v
From that I gather that the smart charge system is still functioning as it should and that the alternator is working.
Could it be that the battery is possibly on its way out and while running it discharged enough for the light to come on?
The battery in there is an OEM Motorcraft battery. Does this imply it's been there since new? If so I could believe that it's on its way out as the car is an 03 plate!!
Any help would be great.