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Alternater out a week later after running through a puddle
Before you replace any component i would recommend having the charging system checked and also the computer scanned for codes to the charging system. You may have shorted the alternator out when you went through the water.
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Alternator is overheating...had it tested and was told everything looked good. What would cause this problem?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The charging system is rather simple including the alternator, battery, and the cables. If you have tested the alternator off of the vehicle, there may be another component in the system that is causing...
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i am going out of town for two weeks what should i do about my car battery
Hello, thank you for writing in. Your vehicle should be fine for 2 weeks. If you think there is going to be an issue, you can disconnect the battery cables so the vehicle cannot drain it. This may reset some...
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2000 Nissan Maxima se making fast clicking sound. When jumped it starts left it running for about an hour turned it off now it won
You should first have the battery recharged and tested to see if it can hold a charge and load. If it fails then replace it and check the charging system to make sure it works as it should with no...
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My 2005 xc90 v8 just chugged as I pressed on the gas...eventually stopped an I had to restart. Is this a fuel pump problem?
Hello, thank you for writing in. Stalling like this can happen for several reasons. The fuel pump is a great assumption, but you may want to test the fuel pressure before you go ahead with replacing the pump module. You...
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charge indicator light is on, alternator is charging fine and battery is good. what is the fault
The charging system light may be computer controlled on some vehicles or controlled by the instrument cluster circuit or the alternator output. We would need your vehicle year, make and model with engine size to give a better diagnosis for...
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I was driving and my dash lights and everything turned off and eventually my car started losing power
It could be that your alternator has failed and for some reason you didn't get any warning lights. Usually you can drive a car with a bad alternator for a few hours before the battery voltage is too low to...
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I'm planning on buying an 1987 dodge truck as a first vehicle but I'd like to know what are the first things I should replace?
Hello, thank you for writing in. 1987 truck's by Dodge were enjoyed for decades. The truck you are looking at is going to need components specific to the condition the truck is in. If you have not already, obtain a...
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I have a 2005 Silverado Z71 5.3l. I received a charging system failure notification and my battery light came on. I drove home par
Many electronic components get tempermental before they fail completely. And this might be the case with your voltage regulator. It may simply be that you need a new alternator. But before doing that, I would first check all the connections...
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Alternator won't charge battery
As a colleague of mine used to say, "everything works, but the hands don't move," He used that expression when he had checked everything on a certain system and found it to be working correctly, but the system was still...
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I have a 2015 Hyundai Elantra the lights come on but the car wont start just makes a clicking noise.
It could be either; or both. But it seems the car is pretty new to be having that kind of trouble. I wonder if you may have left something turned on or installed some accessory that drained the battery. That...
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My charging system light is on
It could be that you bought a bad alternator. There are a lot of companies that are rebuilding them that don't do a consistently good job. But if you bought your alternator from Honda it should be OK. The alternator...
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Hello, thank you for writing in. When a vehicle has alternator issues, the entire car is forced to run off of the battery. As you can imagine, this stresses out the battery and can cause it to prematurely fail. Start...
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My brother has a dodge stratus and the alternator and battery are both good but the car won't turn on
Hello, thank you for writing in. If the battery power is reaching the starter, and the starter is not turning the engine over, the starter has failed. You can test how much power is going to the starter with a...
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why is battery and brake light on?
Hello, thank you for writing in. The battery light and brake light often illuminate together when your alternator has failed. You can verify this easily by scanning for diagnostic codes. These are codes that pertain to the warning lights, and...
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I just bought a new battery, but periodically, my car would not start, this was in late winter.
You may be right about some kind of drain, or it could be that the alternator is functioning, but is weak. Either way a charging system test should reveal the problem. A technician can hook an ammeter up to the...
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2003 Chrysler seabring, was a pop then black and grey smoke rpm gauge went crazy and the car cut out. Power went completely and sh
Without knowing exact cause of the oil leak since it sounds severe there would not be any way to tell you what happened. If you leaked oil onto the belts of the alternator then it may slip and cause no...
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I have a 2006 chevy equinox and battery and starter have been replaced but I have a battery light on what does that mean?
The battery light on is an indication that the charging system is not producing enough power. You will need further system testing but most likely have a bad alternator.

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