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Old 08-31-2013, 11:06 PM   #1
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Okay so I was on my way home a little earlier tonight. Got to some blinking lights and decided to punch it. Well gotta good jump and hit second good but then I noticed something. As the pedal was to the floor through 2nd and 3rd the lights started dimming out like they weren't getting enough voltage. I have been having idling issues too so could this be my problem. Not enough voltage output from my altenator?
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That could definitely be the problem. Take your car to your nearest "box" auto parts store and they will test your charging system.
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Make sure battery in strapped down, could be moving around.
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Make sure battery in strapped down, could be moving around.
Good point^

And battery cables as well.
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Good point^

And battery cables as well.
Ya I had one flip out of the tray, it fried the battery & alternator.
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Probably the cable that goes from battery to alternator. Gave me one big headache and left me stranded cause it was loose. If something is wrong with the charging system wouldn't the battery light turn on
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Ya I had one flip out of the tray, it fried the battery & alternator.
Me too. Except it was in a 4wd truck. Lol. It damn near caught the truck on fire...
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Me too. Except it was in a 4wd truck. Lol. It damn near caught the truck on fire...
I was 4wheeling too.
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I was 4wheeling too.
Lmao. Yeah, it was fun towing that b tch home. Luckily I didn't live far from where it happened...
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So best bet is to take to an autozone and get the alternator tested to see if it's putting out enough amps
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Probably the cable that goes from battery to alternator. Gave me one big headache and left me stranded cause it was loose. If something is wrong with the charging system wouldn't the battery light turn on
Sorry, I missed your post last night BSing with TC.

The light usually won't come on unless the charging system stops working completely. At least that has been my experience with other vehicles...

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So best bet is to take to an autozone and get the alternator tested to see if it's putting out enough amps
Yes, they should be able to test the charging system.
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Well just got my alternator tested and it passed. So I guess I will inspect my cables tomorrow when it's daylight again. Also I noticed the more and more my car is driven the worse it gets with the idling. Meaning from starting to shut off and then starting again to travel to another place. Any suggestions please
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Hmmm. It's never easy is it? At least you don't have to buy an expensive alternator. Yes check the cables for corrosion or anything out of the ordinary. Pay close attention to the negative cable. These electrical gremlins can be frustrating but keep faith, you'll get it figured out.
The idle could still be related to your electrical woes, or, maybe not. You should try to figure out the "known" problem first though and go from there.
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Old 09-01-2013, 06:07 PM   #14
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Yea it was a good and bad result. Good that I don't have to pay $200 for an alternator but now I still don't know what's wrong with it. It's getting very frustrating but I'm determines to figure it out
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Heres an inside tip. Check the battery light bulb on the dash or the wiring on the circuit board. Its what happened to mine my alty was good and battery yet wasnt charging. Turned out to be the dash light got toast cause of the circuit board wiring. Just my 2¢
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Heres an inside tip. Check the battery light bulb on the dash or the wiring on the circuit board. Its what happened to mine my alty was good and battery yet wasnt charging. Turned out to be the dash light got toast cause of the circuit board wiring. Just my 2¢
Interesting.

The easy way to check for that OP, is to just turn the key to the run position. All of the warning lights should come on.
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Old 09-02-2013, 10:20 AM   #17
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Bad alternator will throw crankshaft/camshaft codes , and will be shutting off your engine..

1. Check battery terminals
2. Go to your local auto parts store & get a battery / Alternator test

For your first diagnostic

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If your having idling issues , why don't you try to clean out your system?
1. New Spark plugs ( Gap to specs )
2. Clean IAC ( get new gasket )
3. Clean TPS , MAF, ( Ele. Cleaner )
4. Clean Throttle Body ( Intake cleaner )
5. New Fuel Filter
6. Fuel additive & Fill up with 93 oct
7. New Serp. Belt

That's what I'd do ..
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Old 09-02-2013, 11:27 AM   #18
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Yea I am going to do my spark plugs and fuel filter on Wednesday and hopefully that will fix my problem crossing my fingers.
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