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1992 Chevy Cav headlights and dashboard dim

I recently changed my Alternator and changed my battery for the second time in a week. Something is has to be draining the battery and i think it could be the headlights, because at night the dashboard light and the headlights dim and the turn indicator becomes slow. i've been been told that it could be short if thats the case what can i do?

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  • j mann Jan 14, 2009

    So after some intense investigating it was found that my automatic tensioner had bad springs and was no longer keeping the belt tight. so no i have to figure out what tools will be needed to uninstall the bad and install a new one

  • David Zorehkey Dec 24, 2011

    If the car is running and you have lights that are low,the short or drain has little to do with that.Put a volt meter on the battery terminals when the car is running. The voltage should be about 13.5 + -. If is not the problem is with the alternator or alternator wiring.Check the wire that goes from the alternator to the starter.

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You need to take your car to an auto repair, so they can put the machine to check where is the short coming from.

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What you want to do is go to an auto parts store and get a current tester.
You put it in line with your battery and keep removing fuses until the light goes out,then find out what components are on the circuit with the fuse.
Often times its a glove comparment lamp or trunk light.
Something that is trickle discharging .

Posted on Jan 12, 2009

  • Rick Kasper Jan 14, 2009

    That will do it. Those are a pain aren't they? From reading your problem I didn't think of a slipping serpentine belt. Thanks for the update.

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