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Old 17 Oct 2014, 09:06 pm
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3 days after getting car back from shop for water pump and timing belt ($800) I get about 1/2 way to work ( a 25 mile commute 1 way). My battery light came on. I figured alt was toast even though it's only 2 years old and was expecting to die. Surprisingly I made it to work and then home, at night, with lights on. I have read a few posts and still a bit stymied. What could be the issue? Alt is charging because I drove 40 odd miles. What will trigger light. I work late so it was dark. I will try to check obvious in the AM. Loose cables belt etc and check volts and will try to post more I work weekends and usually have 2 seperate days off. So I get up and outside at 7am. No loose wires or alt belt. The alt and Diehard are both about 2yrs old. Battery has 11.8 volts (not great) and drops to 11.4 after starting and running, (certainly not the 14 it should be with alt charging). I called my mechanic that I send my PITA stuff to now that I no longer have a garage to work in since I moved 2yrs ago. And I get "man if we only knew a few days ago". No Shit ��. Since my next day off is Thursday and I have no vacation time left to do it myself I drive it to him. It dies about 100 yards short but rolled the rest of the way and after paying $800 on Monday I got to pay $290 today. I can't complain too much the alt was $150 with 2 hours labor. So I got to keep a day's pay but had to pay $140 labor. Still a win for me especially considering I didn't have to do the work. I swear 1 more thing goes wrong and I will personally drive this thing into a crusher myself.....Jesus!!

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Old 18 Oct 2014, 12:45 am
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Check your battery voltage. It should be 12 to 12.5 volts not running and 14 to 14.5 volts running.
Is your engine light on? If so what engine trouble codes are you getting?
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Old 18 Oct 2014, 10:19 am
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Originally Posted by smartieab View Post
I will try to check obvious in the AM. Loose cables belt etc and check volts and will try to post more
That's you best bet.
If that goes okay, find a place like Sears that will test battery for free.
How old is battery?
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