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My 1998 Saturn SL2 has the red battery warning light coming on at times mostly at night when my lights are on. I had it checked out at Advanced Auto and they said that the battery and alternator checked out OK. About a week later while driving at night the light came on and my battery started to drain. After about 20 miles my lights kept getting dimmer and the car finally stopped. It had to be towed to my mechanic. He checked it the next day after jumping it and said that the alternator was charging. He eventually put a new alternator in and now about a week later the light is starting to come on again at times. Any idea where to go from here?

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  • Kawmanse Nov 11, 2008

    I have a 2003 Ion 2 that's doing the same thing. I had the battery and alternator checked also at Advanced Auto. My next step was to check the cable. Is there a good way to do this?

  • Anonymous Mar 16, 2014

    It started with the car shuddering, then it stopped and wouldn't start again. I had the alternator replaced and the battery, it ran fine for two weeks and then the dash lights started coming on again, and the shuddering started again although it didn't cut out. I returned it to the mechanic and he sent it off to an auto electrician and he diagnosed a faulty on board computer which was replaced. It ran fine for two weeks again then it started exactly the same problem. So I returned it to the mechanic and he again sent it to the auto electrician who had it for four days and he said he couldn't fault it. But two weeks later it started again, both the mechanic and the auto electrician are at a loss to understand what is going on.

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