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Check voltage at battery with car running. should be 14 volts or more. If you don't have a meter, take the alternator in to have it checked.

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Possible charging system problem causing low voltage. Have the charging system/alternator tested for proper operation..If charging system operating properly, possible ignition switch getting bad. You can gently rock the key back and forth with the vehicle running to see if everything begins working again. If so, the ignition switch needs replacement

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Test the alternator. The battery light is for the charging system. Once the charging system is working with the engine running, the light should go off. If your light stays on with engine running, the alternator may need service or replacement.

To test the charging system, just put a voltmeter on the battery with engine running. The voltmeter should register at least 13.5 volts- alternator is charging. If you only show battery voltage with engine running, like 12.2-12.8 volts, the alternator or charging system is not working. The battery light should be on to signify this.

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Have a mechanic check charging system and battery. Look for local "Mobile Mechanic" or buy new battery and take car to local parts store to check charging system (one where I live was willing to check for free). It's most likely your alternator has failed, on "easy side" could just be loose or corroded battery cables/connections (including connections at engine ground and starter (or main positive junction).

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I drive a 93 GMC Sonoma p/u. I drove out of town and noticed that the radio was not working. Next the service engine soon idiot light lit up. Once on the highway, the spedometer was not working. Hmmmm


It is possible that there may be a battery/charging system problem (in which case, the next step will be that the engine will not run). Then again, you may have separate problems. The radio not working and the Check Engine light turning on might not be related at all. However, a failed Vehicle Speed Sensor (VSS) or open/shorted VSS circuit would make the speedometer quit working AND cause the Check Engine light to come on.

Proper diagnosis is the only way to find out for sure.

I would BEGIN by performing a thorough battery/charging system test. Then you need to scan your onboard computer to find out WHY it has turned the Check Engine light on. This should be done BEFORE the battery cables are disconnected for any kind of charging system or battery repair. Once the cables are disconnected, the computer memory will be lost and you will not get any codes to tell you why the computer has turned the light on. You MAY have a charging system-related code like "Voltage Low At Module" or you MAY have a totally different code like "VSS Circuit Open or Shorted". You need to find this out before making ANY repairs.
However, if the charging system tests faulty and/or you have any charging system fault codes, ALL fault codes should be recorded and the battery/charging system problem needs to be dealt with FIRST. (you cannot trust what the computer is telling you if there are charging system faults.) If after this, any symptoms persist, diagnosis of any other fault codes retrieved should be performed.

If all engine control problems are resolved and your radio still does not work, you need to diagnose your radio circuits as a separate problem.

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If you get no red light for the battery charging system the charging system will not work. The indicator light initally excites the field to start charging.

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then you have a problem in the dashboard could be the circuit board behind the dash if you would like to i will tell you how to eliminate the dash from the charging system or install a straight wire from the ignition power to the ignition side of the alternator bulb,
but if you still want me to tell you how to elimiated the dash from chargin system let me know
of course this will be a mikey mouse but will take care of your problem.

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