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Ep80 toyota charging faults Alternator charge rate 14.2 volts.2E engine,5spd mannual Battery does not go flat.However on continuous display on the dash cluster are the brake fluid level light and Battery light.Brake fluid level switch is working according to ohm meter.There are no blown fuses in both fuse boxes.Cig lighter, brake lights,reverse lights,Handbrake warning light,interior lights etc all working as they should.Alternator bearings and regulator has recently been replaced when lights first came on.Where would I look now to remedy faults.

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  • geoff hunter Oct 07, 2010

    the charge voltage is CORRECT at 14.4.Have you tried resetting computer ????after all work carried out????



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Wow. Good question. If you can get a hold of the schematic for your car you can check out the components that are in the path that turn on those two indicators. And since both are operating improperly at same time it has to be something that they both share in common.

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SOURCE: Utility cigrette lighter in dashboard

you may have burned out the lighter unit.check the wires for melting also!

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SOURCE: 2001 Galant cig. lighter & side mirrors

Check your fuse block, you most likely need to replace a fuse. Your owners manual will help to locate it. countrycurt0

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SOURCE: fuse/circuit breaker for cig.lighter/radio/dash lights

The heavy duty or 'circuit breakers' should be in the engine compartment, perhaps in front of the air breather.There are one or may be 2 inside behind the front side kick panels driver and passenger side, or under the steering wheel.

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The Cigarette lighter is run off of a 20A fuse located in the engine compartment just behind the battery. The fuse map will say P-Out and is in position #14. Hope that helps.

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