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1994 Ford Tempo alternator light flickered when started

When I started my 1994 Ford Tempo today, the alternator light flickered briefly (so quickly I almost missed it.) It was about -10 (-32 windchill) at that time. Could this be from the cold, or should I call my mechanic? Any ideas? Thanks.

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  • mhall5234 Dec 22, 2008

    This is the first time the light has come on. I didn't have anything on, not even the heater, since I was just moving it a short distance. I'm just worried because I drive 30 miles to work... Thanks.

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Make sure it stays off.Does it come on when you have all of you accessories on or was this a one time issue? If the light isnt on steady or it was a one time issue,just check the connections at the battery & alternator.Make sure you have clean,tight connections.If it comes back on ,steady (with or wiithout accessories) have it checked.It may have been just from the cold or from sitting around.

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I would not worry about a flicker! If it was staying on, it would be time to do something.

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