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My battery warning light comes on intermittently when driving. Battery seems to be working fine. Car starts ok. Battery indicator is on green for ok battery. No corrosion on terminals. Corola manual says check drive belt. Looks ok. Apart from light everything seems ok.

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Check your charging system and your brake fluid too

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