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ok well this problem is re-occuring.
as i drive usually putting my foot on the gas my headlights and dash lights will dim but as i take my foot off the gas the lights come back full.
this is more prominent when i go up hills.
but just the other night a new symptom occured which was the red battery shaped light came on (and the brake light too for some reason?)
no clue what it meant but it went away the newt morning.
no clue what it could be all helps or tips appreciated.
 

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The alternator is not charging, if the belts are good replace the alternator. Either the belt is slipping, is it worse when it rains ? Or the Alternator is bad and dies at higher RPM, mine did that !!!
Both lights come on together = dead Alternator.
 

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oh snap :| ifigured that to begin with, thats a costly part isnt it?
 

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If you're alternator is fine, try checking for resistance/short circuits not strong enough to cause a fuse to blow.

Take a test light, disconnect your positive terminal.
attach the alligator clip side to the ground wire, the pointy side to the battery terminal.
if the light comes on, you have a short circuit.
Pull fuses until the light goes out
 

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If your alternator is fine you may have resistance on your wires/a short circuit that isnt strong enough to blow a fuse.
To check:
1) Disconnect the positive battery terminal
2) Get a test light; attach the alligator clip end to the ground wire, put the other end on the battery terminal.
3) If light is not on, you don't have that problem. If it does, keep reading.
4) Pull fuses until the light goes off
5) Find short/burnt spot in the wire and repair.
 

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that could be a slipping belt, check that before you replace it.
 

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Generally good idea to check the belts, but historically I have to replace my alternator around 200K. If you have manual engine, running at lower gear (and higher rpm) will give u enough to get to where u're going to replace (dealer/mechanic/home), but doesn't give you much. Once the battery light comes on, usually not a lot of miles 4 it gives way.
 

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yea i suppose its time for a new alternator since my car is at 223k+ miles lol.
 

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ok well this problem is re-occuring.
as i drive usually putting my foot on the gas my headlights and dash lights will dim but as i take my foot off the gas the lights come back full.
this is more prominent when i go up hills.
but just the other night a new symptom occured which was the red battery shaped light came on (and the brake light too for some reason?)
no clue what it meant but it went away the newt morning.
no clue what it could be all helps or tips appreciated.
Take it to advance auto. They will test your battery and alternator for free. Then you'll have your answer. They will even charge your battery for free.

Jason
 

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good news!.... not really
alternator died tonite or should i say last night... ok 3 hours ago... lol
so anyway, new alternator tomorrow woo!
go me.
wish me luck ^^
 

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new alternator installed runs hella better.
bad news my cat back exhaust fell off today lol.... was a LOUD ride home :)
 
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