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1998 malibu loses power while idleing

My 1998 malibu loses power while idleing ie: stopped at a traffic light, and the lights on the dashboard starts dimming. When I start driving again, the lights on the dashboard get brighter like the car has some of the power back. By the time I got home, the battery charging system light was on. What could b happening? thanks.

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Your alternator is likely on its way out. you should take your car to a trusted mechanics shop and have the charging system tested.Its only a matter of time until the alternator stops charging and you'll be stranded on the side of the road
Hope this helps..........Good Luck!

Posted on Dec 13, 2008

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