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1996 bmw 328is alternator light

Is the dashboard battery / alternator light supposed to go on when starting the car? My light doesn't go on. The manual indicates it should and then go out, unless there's a problem with the charging circuit. My light doesn't go on at all. I just replaced batter and am trying to figure out if I have an alternator problem also. Thanks.

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The light for the indicator could be out, as you mentioned it should come on (along with some other indicators) when staring the car and then go out after a second or two. Is the car still not starting after the new battery install? If you have AAA they can come out and test your alternator and battery (charging system) and that might indicate whether you have a alternator problem or not, as well if you are savvy enough you can remove the alternator (assuming the car cant be driven) and take it to your local Kragen os similar auto parts store and the should be able to test it for you...usually for free. Hope this helps

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