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Signs of bad alternator

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Have a load test done on the battery to check for failing cell. run the fault codes to check for cam/crank position sensor. Check that the cam shaft is turning ( broken timing belt/chain) check immobiliser operation . Sign of a bad alternator is the charge light staying on

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Ive alternator the battery the mega fuse and the car jumps off but dies the battery light stays on what do i do

Alternator is not charging, to test, start engine
And remove battery positive cable, if engine dies sure sign of alternator not charging. Replace alternator.

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While driving home tonight i noticed the battery light come one and as i continued to dive the vehicle then died.

Nicole; check the alternator belt, loose,worn, is it still there and on.
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If you have a volt gauge in the car it should read to 14 when running. If it is a light it will be glowing slightly. If you start the car and disconnect the battery the car should stay running. If it dies then it is a bad alternator.

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While the car is running, disconnect Positive terminal of battery, if car continues running, alternator is good, you should replace battery,if it dies alternator is bad. Hope this helps

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I have 1995 Lexus SC300. When you try to turn on the headlights while the engine is running, the engine will die. Also when you try to start the car and the headlight switch is in "ON" position...

In reading your question, it sounds like you have tale tale signs of a bad battery, or an alternator that has gone bad. If you can get the car to just about any auto parts store, then they can test both the battery and the alternator. There is a fuse that controls the alternator as well and I would recommend checking that prior to buying an alternator. If the battery is bad, then you will have to replace it.

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