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Re: Battery light on dash comes on.
The lite comes on due to the increased load on the alternator, the alternator has a failed diode in the rectifier, the output is lower than normal due to this diode problem, u can either rebuild the alternator for around $50 or install a rebuilt, that will depend on your skill level.
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i guess you mean starter is dead, and all lights dead.
the battery is dead, did you jumper cable start it?
if that works the battery is bad, dead or only dischanged.
if that dont work make sure the battery cable lugs are cleaned.
no rust on cable ends( that green junk there that all cars get)
if the head lamps die (they work key off so...)
then the battery is dead, or rusty lugs.
if battery is dead, charge it. using a charger.
I had a similar problem years ago. As long as your dash lights come on, it's likely you can use an external pushbutton switch to run the starter. There are likely just 4 wires on the ignition switch. Power from the battery, and switched to:
main car stuff (dash lights, ignition, signals, etc)
splice in wires from battery and starter to new switch, and you're good to go. This worked for years on my old car.
if the lights are bright and you hear a clicking and your heat blows good, the head lights are still real bright after trying to start a few time replace the starter (you can try to hit the starter with a hammer otr somthing heavy a few times and then try to start if it sounds better or starts replace the starter) if the battery goes dead try to jumpit if it starts then dies after a few min its the alt if it starts runs good and you let it run for about half hour shut it off and it wont restart rite away its the battery.
Check your connections for tightness and corrosion. A corroded battery cable/post will diminish the current going to the dead battery.
Check jumper connections
Dead battery; the worse off the battery is, the more time it will take to charge the battery sufficiently enough to start the car; a completely dead battery with bad cells will never recharge sufficiently enough to hold a charge and start the car on a regular basis
Hope this answers your question. Best of luck. Greg
charge battery up 2 amp slow charge,could take 24 hrs,,, put a volt meter of any kind that goes up to 20 volts or more,and it should be charging 13.50 to 14.25 with nothing on then turn ac on and fan on high and head lights on bright it should stay around13.25 to 13.75 if u dont get these readings replace alternator