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Battery light indicator is on?

Went to sears got a new battery put it in and battery light is on with van running i disconnected battery and van keeps running so i believe alternator is ok what else could it be?

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Oh no..... dont ever try to unhook the battery when the car is running because you can damage alot of elect. componance. But if your light is on then you need to check the connection to ya alter. it may be coroated or just loose. Also make sure your battery cables are clean and tight.

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Battery light warning sign alternator not charging battery.if battery cables clean free from corrosion.check fuse link to alternator circuit.if fuse link okay.have alternator test and make sure drive not slipping or damaged.

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SOURCE: Charging Light On After Replacing Alternator/Battery1999Windstar

Hi, I can't tell you exactly what is wrong because there is too much involved at this point, what with 2 shops working with it, but I can give you some advise on what else to check. On the alternators and the wiring that supports them a small volt charge is taken off one of the slip rings, where the brushes ride, for the purpose of turning out the light. As I remember, this is a yellow wire that runs back to the dash.

To the alternator, it would be one of the wires that plug into the side of the alternator case.
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SOURCE: alternator rebuilt tested ok still will not charge battery

hi im sorry to tell you this never ever disconnect the battery while the car is running , could cause surge which will blow the alternator at best at worst it could fry the ECU (computer) WHY would you want to disconnect battery while the engine is running or is there something im missing here?

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check the fuses in the POWER DISTRIBUTION BOX under the hood, There is a 75A in-line fuse and #11 - 15A fuse see if they are good.... test your alt. loom for opens, and cables .....hope this helps...GL

Posted on Jul 06, 2009

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SOURCE: battery light on after new alternator

there are three wires on the alternator. one is a feedback voltage that switches on the alternator via the internal voltage regulator..there is an 18 gauge fusible link that runs from that wire to the battery to sense the voltage. they are fuses,but look like a regular piece of wire,they blow quite often,get the wiring diagram for the vehicle

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