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1994 Suzuki Samurai dies when you turn the lights on

It has been running fine for about 3 months then all of a sudden I went to drive to town and turned the headlights and radio on and it killed the engine. So I turned the lights off and the radio and then turned it on and it runs fine. So what is making it do this? I am sure that it is some kind of electrical problem but how do I fix it?

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  • p_n_oliver Jan 05, 2009

    Thanks so much. I will definitly try that when I get home

  • Anonymous Jan 19, 2009

    same issue I have changed the alternator and it was better and then started up agian.

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Get a volt meter and check the voltage on the battery should be around 12 to 12.5 volts.start the Samurai with it running, should be between 13.6 and 14 volts. Then while you are watching the volt meter have someone start turning on lights and accessories. If the voltage begins to drop down when it hits between 9.6 and 10.2. It will shut down the cpu and the engine will die. If this is what is happening the alternator is not keeping up, and needs the belt tightened or alternator replaced. I don't think it is the battery because you can restart the vehicle after turning off all the accessories. Mike

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