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Old 03-15-2013, 11:14 PM   #1
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Battery light?

Was driving when my battery light came on my dash. It was flickering and then it would go solid, then it would go away. It continued to do so. What's going on?
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alternator could be rippling
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Old 03-16-2013, 01:43 AM   #3
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So my alternator may be crapping out? Or could it have something to so with my gauge cluster. Because my temp gauge, oil pressure gauge don't work, and sometimes my speedo doesn't work. I have a feeling that my gauge cluster might be getting pretty done too. Not sure though, just an opinion. But I have had problems before with my alternator, it used to squeak really bad.
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Could be your gauge cluster if all the other gauges are crapping out, but I still think it's your alternator. An easy way to test it is to start it up and unhook your battery. If the alternator is going out it will either shut off or run like crap. If it runs fine then it could be something else.
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I was having the same problem And when I would take off from stop lights and stuff the battery light would flicker then go away. Came out to be bad serpentine belt was all cracked and wasn't catching when I was accerlating. Once I got it fixed no more problem.
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Make a list of all possible things that could be causing your problem, then check all those things. If nothing works, start replacing them. From cheapest go most expensive. Or have a technician check it out. I only get a tech when I'm 100% positive I can't fix the problem myself
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Make a list of all possible things that could be causing your problem, then check all those things. If nothing works, start replacing them. From cheapest go most expensive. Or have a technician check it out. I only get a tech when I'm 100% positive I can't fix the problem myself
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I was having the same problem And when I would take off from stop lights and stuff the battery light would flicker then go away. Came out to be bad serpentine belt was all cracked and wasn't catching when I was accerlating. Once I got it fixed no more problem.
Wouldn't I notice though if I needed a new belt.
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if you look the belt over real well you should. but you may not notice just watching it run or with just a quick glance. the best way to really really get a good look is just take it off and go around it looking at the grooves and everything
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if you look the belt over real well you should. but you may not notice just watching it run or with just a quick glance. the best way to really really get a good look is just take it off and go around it looking at the grooves and everything
+1 with jus a quick glance it'll look fine, because mine wasn't noticeably bad, but bad enough that the belt was slipping and causing the light to flicker
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Ok well I'll pull of the belt when it's nice enough outside.
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Finally nice enough out so I took off my belt and it looks like brand new. So it's not the belt.
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Finally nice enough out so I took off my belt and it looks like brand new. So it's not the belt.
Damn sorry to hear that..pretty cheap fix if it was
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Check all your grounds, also wouldnt hurt to take it to an auto part store and have them test your charging system. Its free and may shed some light on your issue.
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Check all your grounds, also wouldnt hurt to take it to an auto part store and have them test your charging system. Its free and may shed some light on your issue.
I checked all my grounds, and I tightened them all up and everything. It's not going away. The battery light is solid on.
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Could I need a new alternator?
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Could I need a new alternator?
Take it and have your charging system tested! It takes 5 minutes and is free.
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Do your dash or head lights dim when you hit the brake, have your turn signals on, or have the stereo real loud?

You might have a cell in your battery about to go, or your voltage regulator is starting to fail. I've been working with the same thing with some differences lately.
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if you have a Multimeter, start the car, and touch the leads to the positive and negative sides of the battery, if you have only 12 volts then the alternator is not working correctly, anything more than 12 and it is working, but optimal is 14+ volts. (alternately you can just unhook the positive battery cable, if your car keeps running and doesn't die then it is nott your alternator.)

Your batter only starts the car. once the car is started the alternator runs everything and also recharges the battery. Which is why it should read 14v, the extra 2 is what charges the battery.

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if you don't have a voltmeter/multimeter then do what project pony said and have the friggin system checked at autozone...

if you figure out its not the alternator using the multimeter then you have to start looking at other things.

When you crank it, does it take a bit to crank or does it start right up?
If so then my opinion is it probably isn't your battery and you should check out your gauge cluster
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if you have a Multimeter, start the car, and touch the leads to the positive and negative sides of the battery, if you have only 12 volts then the alternator is not working correctly, anything more than 12 and it is working, but optimal is 14+ volts. (alternately you can just unhook the positive battery cable, if your car keeps running and doesn't die then it is nott your alternator.)

Your batter only starts the car. once the car is started the alternator runs everything and also recharges the battery. Which is why it should read 14v, the extra 2 is what charges the battery.

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if you don't have a voltmeter/multimeter then do what project pony said and have the friggin system checked at autozone...

if you figure out its not the alternator using the multimeter then you have to start looking at other things.

When you crank it, does it take a bit to crank or does it start right up?
If so then my opinion is it probably isn't your battery and you should check out your gauge cluster
I don't have a multimeter but I will do the positive and negative. But it shouldn't be my battery it's brand new, only about 3 weeks old.
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Ok I took of the pos and neg connections while the car was running and it didn't shut off. So I don't think it's my alternator. And I just replaced batter, so what could it be?
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Ok I took of the pos and neg connections while the car was running and it didn't shut off. So I don't think it's my alternator. And I just replaced batter, so what could it be?
Your really need to take it and have it tested. Then you can tell us what the print out says. Its free, and takes no time at all to do. You cant 100% eliminate the battery and alternator untill you have them tested. Over the years I have bought a couple batteries that went bad, or were already bad brand new. It happens. Really, go take it to O Reillys, advance auto, autozone etc etc and have it tested already!
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Your really need to take it and have it tested. Then you can tell us what the print out says. Its free, and takes no time at all to do. You cant 100% eliminate the battery and alternator untill you have them tested. Over the years I have bought a couple batteries that went bad, or were already bad brand new. It happens. Really, go take it to O Reillys, advance auto, autozone etc etc and have it tested already!
+1000000 its free and a great indicator to point you in the right direction. Have them check codes along with the alt and battery.
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Alright, we'll today I had some free time. And I had another old alternator so I decided to swap alternators and the battery light came off after I swapped them. So I'll see how it goes, if it comes on again ill take it to a autozone or something and get them to test my system.
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