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I have a 93 ford explorer that dies while sitting an idle (when this happens the dash lights go dim as if draining power and then it dies). Would this mean I need a new alternator?

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    Dina Nov 22, 2014

    New battery did the trick....still going to replace 02 sensors and clean the intake. Thank you so much all for all your helpful anwers its much appreciated!

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Not Necessarily, first I would adjust the idle so that the revs are around 800, then check the tension on the belt connected to the alternator as if it is too slack then the alternator will not charge the battery hence the fading lights.

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This whole problem is most likey due to a sludged up intake and idle speed control valve, do the following procedure and it should take care of the problems, also run a couple of cans of LUCUS brand fuel injector cleaner through, I know u will see it is more expensive than other brands, but the thing is it works!
Here is the most common cause of surges and stalls at stops and low erratic idle speed and rough idle, it is the idle speed control air-bypass valve and throttle valve (IAC for short), they get full of gunk over the miles and cause idle issues (stalls, low idle) like yours, Get a can of intake cleaner from any local parts store, not carb spray, intake cleaner, it is made by a company called CRC, remove the air intake hose to the engine, hold the idle high so the engine won't stall, then spray the can of cleaner into the intake while keeping the engine running, use at least 1/2 the can, shut down the engine and disconnect the battery for 5 minutes, then restart and complete a number of mixed driving cycles, town, freeway, stop and go etc., after a few days the problem will go away as the system will relearn to the clean intake

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SOURCE: 1993 Ford Thunderbird- New battery & alternator & car won't start

Did you clean the cables when you changed the battery?

I'd trace the wires connecting your alternator and battery and make sure they are "healthy" and securely fastened. Then, I'd check the wires connecting your battery and starter. Again, make sure the wires are securely fastened and appear clean.

The starter and solenoid are one unit for this vehicle.

Hope this helps and good luck!

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SOURCE: issue with dash lights dimming while driving,

If the battery and alternator tested fine. I would have the charging system rechecked when engine is hot and at high rpm's. This way the checks are being done as if you were driving and driving for a long time. Alternators can work fine when cold but weaken when hot or stop working. This problem is not rare but only is seen occassionly. Unless it was checked at an electrical shop the average shop doesn't run these tests for they don't see the problem often enough to automaticly run them at all times. Good luck and let me know how you make out.

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