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Discharge warning light came on -- hard to steer

Driving home at 11 pm when all of a sudden the steering felt sluggish and the red battery light came on. Drove 2 more blocks home and parked in front of my house. Checked the owners manual which says this is the Discharge Warning Light and that my battery is discharging. I'm a single woman with no experience in this field. Can someone please explain to me what has happened and what I will need to do/pay to get this fixed?
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  • crazyboyisnu Feb 20, 2009

    discharge light came on and 1 or 2 plugs on the alternator started to melt



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Hi how are you it sounds like the altinator or your battery has gone bad and needs to be checked to find out wich one is bad.you will have to use a battery/altinator tester to find the bad part.and for price it is hard to say it depends on the part that is bad. a battery will cost between 60.00-150.00.most autoparts stors will put in for free.the altinator can cost between 100.00-300.00.

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