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Engine icon came on

I have a 1995 Swift and the engine icon came on today. When I put the headlights on the clock dims a lot. i do not have a manual to tell me exactly what the problem is. All the fluids are okay. I was wondering if it is the alternator.

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Have the battery and alternator checked for free at most auto part stores

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