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1997 Saturn SL1 battery light stays on but goes off at 4000+ rpm. Battery checks out at 12 volts while shut off, and 15 volts while running. No other problems with cranking or running. Any ideas? Thanks.

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Your alternator is over charging. 15 volts is to much, will mess up your battery.

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hi...
did you check the voltage of the battery.?

because the power required for lights and radio are very less. but for starting the engine is more becaause ot needs to turn the engine. please check the voltage it should be 12-14 volts.
if it doesnt have this much power charge the battery and check start it wil start.

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