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Lost power steering and now my brake and battery light are on is the car safe to drive
Check the brake fluid level in the master cylinder. If the fluid level is normal and the brakes work normally, it might be safe to drive to a repair shop but beyond that, no, it is definitely not safe to...
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Car is dead
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The battery is simply used when starting the vehicle, and to complete the charging circuit. The alternator powers the vehicle while it is operating. If there are no electrical components working, then the...
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I have changed the car battery on my Renault Grand Scenic and used the car that day on the sunday. However 3 days later the car wo
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the new battery has also failed to hold a charge, the alternator is likely not working correctly. You can test the alternator at home with a voltmeter, or you can remove it and...
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Idling and dashboard lights
You should have the battery load tested after the battery is fully charged up. The battery may cause erratic running and idle condition if the battery is bad or low on charge. The alternator should be able to recharge the...
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Replaced alternator
Hello, and thank you for writing in. With the new alternator installed, make sure the installation is holding. Double check all of the electrical connections are clean, dry, and tight. Make sure the battery is working and is capable of...
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Service battery charging system
The battery should be fully re-charged and then load tested. If the battery passes a load test be sure it is not a marginal pass in which case you should install a new battery to reduce diagnostic headaches. Once you...
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Hi. I have a 2005 Dodge Dakota. First start of the day is kinda rough after that it starts fine
If the charging system is not recharging the battery and the battery cannot hold a load then it will cause the hard or slow cranking condition. First have the battery checked to see if it is able to hold a...
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Do I need a new battery?
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The symptoms you are having are a good indication that the battery is failing. It may also be a sign that your electrical connections need some maintenance. You can have the battery tested...
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Can a dead battery cause my engine to stop working?
A dead or internally shorted battery can not only cause a car to stall but it will also overload the alternator as the alternator attempts to both charge the dead battery and supply the car's electrical needs. The battery can...
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My car will not start. The lights come on however it will not turn over. When I have the battery charge it starts and will run
Hello, and thank you for writing in. The battery is likely going bad. There are a lot of presetting and memory that the vehicle must store when the car is off, and this pulls a small amount of electrical power....
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Battery light
The alternator on this vehicle is controlled by the engine control computer. Sometimes an aftermarket rebuilt alternator will not work on a vehicle that uses the computer to control the alternator. You have to used an approved Ford remanufactured or...
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Why dose my 2000 intriped batt light n car dies out
You need to have the charging system checked and the computer scanned for codes for the charging system. You could have a bad alternator or a bad computer that controls the charging rate of the alternator.
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Car not turning over
Hello, thank you for writing in. The symptoms you are having all point to an issue with the battery or charging system. A new battery was the best place to start, and now you can look into the other components...
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I have 2011 dodge avenger 2.4l R/T I have recently put a new battery and alternator in the car but it randomly loses power. I am s
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the vehicle is loosing power while it sits and is off, then a parasitic draw would stop it from starting. If you have excess draw while the vehicle is running, you will want...
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What does it mean when your charging system failure light comes on out of no where while driving?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is detecting an issue with the alternator or the battery. When supplied power from the system is too low or too high, the monitoring system will alarm you. You should have the...
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hi. 2002 mb c240. light came on for visit shop battery/alternator. Battery is new. how to know if alternator is bad?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The alternator can be tested by checking the voltage coming from it while it is running with a voltmeter. You should also check the voltage when revving the engine to 2000 RPMs. The alternator...
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My truck won't start. No sound, no lights, nothing turns on when I go to start my truck.
Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle is likely having issues with the battery. When the alternator fails, the vehicle does its best to rely on the battery, which puts it under an incredible amount of stress. This likely...
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I have a Subaru Impreza 2009 and the two charger ports do not work as aux and there is no aux cable input even though the radio aux.
Check the fuses with the auxiliary charging ports to see if they have burned. If the fuse is good, then there is an open or short within the wiring to the charging ports. The radio has an auxiliary wire attached...
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When my alternator went out, could it have killed my battery?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The symptoms you are having are classic of a failing alternator. While the battery can be damaged and fail due to the vehicle relying solely on it for power while running, you will want...
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Purchased a battery last November...Recently my battery light came on. Then now my car lost power and it won't drive forward?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The warning light is indicating an issue with the charging system in general. This means the alternator may also be having issues keeping the battery charged. This also validates you issues while driving, as...

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