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Battery light coming on intermitantly, Van up and died won't star

Several weeks ago had to reset the Speedometer via trip set, a week ago the battery light came on. Tonight the 2001 Caravn needed jumped and the lights strobed till we made it home All kinds of lighs and guages did weird things all the way home, no OP then it would work.. Left running on drvieway and then it died, no juice left to turn it over. Alternator or battery?

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It sounds to me like a loose battery connection or an internally shorted battery. However driving the vehicle in that condition with an internally shorted battery could have also caused damage to the alternator, and you can remove the alternator and have it tested for free at most auto parts stores. If the battery casing is bulged out anywhere on the sides then that is a good sign of a bad internally shorted battery and you should replace it.

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The alternator has failed if the the alt is good typically the vehicle will stay running even if the battery is bad. Have the electrical system tested because a bad battery can cause the alternator to fail.

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