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Alternator problem? I just replaced the battery in my 2006 Ford Focus. The next day the alternator warning light flickered on and off two or three times while driving. I took it to Sears who tested the alternator and said it was bad and wanted $550.00 to repair. I am still driving the car and the light has not come back on and the car is driving fine. Is there a way I can test the alternator myself. If the alternator is bad wouldn't the light stay on all the time?

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Check battery voltage with engine off. should be @ 12.5v
check with engine running at about 1500 rpms. It should be @ 14 volts. If yes, it is ok. I think you are ok.
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your system is more sophisticated than Sars can handle.

here's how it works.

The charging system consists of a generator which generates current to supply the vehicle electrical system and maintain the battery in a charged condition.
The generator is driven by the accessory drive belt. For additional information, refer to Section 303-05 . When the engine is started, the generator begins to generate alternating current (AC) which is converted to direct current (DC) internally. The DC current is controlled by the voltage regulator (located on the back of the generator), and then supplied to the battery.
The charging system voltage is controlled by the powertrain control module (PCM). The generator charges the battery and at the same time it supplies all the electrical loads that are required. The battery is more effectively charged with a higher voltage when the battery is cold and a lower voltage when the battery is warm. The PCM is able to adjust the charging voltage according to battery temperature by using a signal from the intake air temperature (IAT) sensor. This means that the voltage setpoint is calculated by the PCM and communicated to the regulator by a communication link.
The PCM simultaneously controls and monitors the output of the generator. When the current consumption is high or the battery is discharged the system is able to increase the idle speed.
To minimize the engine drag when starting the engine, the PCM controls the generator. The generator does not produce any output until the engine has started. The PCM then progressively increases the output of the generator.
The PCM controls the operation of the charging system warning indicator in the instrument cluster. The PCM is therefore responsible for turning the warning indicator off after the engine is started and illuminating it under fault conditions (when the generator is not generating the correct amount of current with the engine running). The warning indicator will also be illuminated by the PCM at key - on engine off and stall conditions.

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