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1995 Toyota V6 Battery light on instrument cluster stays on

Battery light on instrument cluster stays on. Alternator has been replaced. Why would it stay on and how do I get it to go out? Thanks

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  • Allison Hulbert May 11, 2010

    is the belt good. Or maybe the battery is bad

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The battery light comes on if the battery voltage is too low. Check you battery voltage. It should be above 12V with the engine running. If not, the alternator is not working. Next, check if there is power on the FIELD terminal of the alternator. Again, you should have 12+V. Check if the Alternator fuse is blown.

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See Figure 4
Fig. 4: Common instrument cluster found in 1995-97 "S" series Pick-ups.
(see illustration at end of message)

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