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Lights are dem, replaced battery

I just got a new battery today and runs fine but my lights still seem kinda dem

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There are a couple of things to check.

Are you referring to all your lights or just your headlights. If it's just your headlights, I'm guessing base on age the bulb (12 years) may need replacement unless your already replace them.

If you are referring to your dashboard, there should be a turn knob to adjust the brightness.

I would also inspect the battery cables to make sure they are good and tight and clean. If a cable is loose or corroded it could cause electrical problems.


Also make sure your alternator belt is good and tight and not slipping...which you should hear a high pitched squeal noise. A loose belt will not turn the pulley on the alternator fast enough to produce the electricity needed by the battery.

Check for a possible faulty voltage regulator. Look to see if you have an externally mounted voltage regulator on the passenger fender and make sure that there are wires attached to it that go from the alternator to the battery. If so, you can buy a regulator at any auto supply shop and replace it yourself, just make sure you hook it up exactly as the old one.

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If you are talking about the illumining lights on dash board, that can be turned up. If head lights are dim then you may need to have the charging system check should be at-least 14 volts with car running. You can take this vehicle to an Auto_Zone they would check the system for FREE. Good Luck contact me if you need more help.

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