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Battery Light came on

I started my car this morning and my battery light came on and i smelled smoked in my car, so i shut it off. I started it again and the battery light came on again and all the lights in my car were dim. What could this be

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  • aseabright Dec 31, 2008

    Could it be the alternator?? That is what I was thinking

  • aseabright Dec 31, 2008

    The smoke smell only lasted a few seconds

  • aseabright Dec 31, 2008

    Could it possible be the lower pulley???

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    TripleTauto May 11, 2010

    stormstrikes is dead on you should reconsider your ratings. it is a bad alternator this is why lights dim and battery light on. BUT you need to be sure there is not a short that caused alternator to go out the smoke smell is a big concern. it is possible that alternator shorted out and this is source of smoke but if not and car is not checked over could have an electrical fire


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It is most likely just the alternator fried. just do some visual checking and make sure you dont see any melted wiring or harness rubbed thru. easier to spend a few minutes now and see. also when you pull alternator off smell it and see if it is burnt smelling this will tell you it was internal in there.

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It is vital that you find the source of the smoke you smelled. That could have been caused by a short in the wiring and has the potential to start an electrical fire.

Now I would expect that a fuse would have been blown somewhere with a short, so check the fuses to make sure they are all good. The fact you still get the batter light indication on the dash tells me that the battery is possibly getting weak. But, if there was a short somewhere, then I would expect to see the batter light on the dash too as a short will greatly lower the available voltage and power available to the rest of the car.

The fact the lights in the car were dim supports this even further.

You clearly have an electrical issue somewhere and the first steps would be to look for a short in the electrical wiring. The tough thing is that it could be just about anywhere. But do a visual inspection on the wiring in the engine bay. Look for any burnt wiring or any signs of melting anywhere. Check all the fuses. If you find one that is blown, it may point us to the circuit that is in trouble and possibly shorted out.

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    Scotty Dec 31, 2008

    It could be an alternator, but the question that must be asked is did a short in the wiring kill the alternator. Is it possible the alternator shorted out internally and caused the smoke smell? Sure?

    I would just stress to make sure that is the case. If you have the ability and tools to do so, take the alternator off the car and take it to an auto parts store like Autozone and they can test the alternator for you and determine if it is bad. If it is, you can pick up a new on there while your at it.


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Early stages for alternator failure or a bad battery check your connections to

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