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Accidentaly left music on while car was off drained battery jumped the battery.. on the dash my battery light is still on plus abs and airbag light on gas gage, and temp gage not functioning what should i do?

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Test alternator. With engine running, voltage at battery should be at least 14 volts. If not, remove alternator and have it tested at parts store. Low voltage could be setting all 3 lights. Let us know if you have more questions.

Posted on Sep 28, 2010

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  • johnson_wayn Sep 28, 2010

    where is the alternator located? and also should i leave the battery charge on the battery a little longer? how long after running the battery down should i leave the battery charger on?

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 28, 2010

    It's near the bottom of the engine toward front of car, and it's a huge pain to get out. That's why I recommend testing with a voltmeter before pulling it out. If you can, check voltage at both the battery AND the alternator to determine if there are any irregularities in the circuitry. You may be able to borrow a voltmeter from, say Autozone, if you don't have one. The point to test on the alternator is the larger terminal with the red wire attached with a nut.

    If you have a small battery charger, you can run it at least 12 hours to charge the battery.

  • johnson_wayn Sep 28, 2010

    so even though the car starts right up.. The battery could still need to be charged for a full 12 hours to insure enough voltage?

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 28, 2010

    only if you want to fully charge. If your alternator is bad, the car can go several hours in daylight on the battery. If it is not fully charged, it is hard to say how long it will go before the car will not start.

  • johnson_wayn Sep 28, 2010

    so right now i just connected the battery charger too it it..its a 12 vote charger should fo ahead and just let that sit on the battery for about 12 hours and go from there?

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 28, 2010

    yes, and if it has a trickle setting that is better but you cannot overcharge the battery with a regular charger such as that.

  • johnson_wayn Sep 28, 2010

    okay last question, sorry... by me running down the battery could have possibly ran the alternator down also? and does the battery charge alternator?

  • Jeff Turcotte
    Jeff Turcotte Sep 28, 2010

    no, leaving radio on doesn't normally hurt the alternator. I don't understand what happened yet, but the battery light being on points to the alternator. Maybe it was on BEFORE the radio incident and you didn't notice. Let's make sure we understand what is the current condition and go from there. More questions are fine. Are you hoping the lights will clear after charging the battery? I don't think we should hope for that, but happy to wait and see.

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