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I changed the oil and added coolant before a 8 hour trip this past weekend. Now the battery light has been flashing, and now it stays on. today the air bag light came on. I could not start the car after I shut it down. We might need a battery, how can we tell if its the alternator or another problem? thanks 2004 ford tarurs

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Put in a good charged battery and drive it to advance auto during the day they will check it free.

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Open the bonnet and check the battery terminals. They should be clean and tight (they should not be able to come out easily or move with little shake. If the above is OK then Take a thick cable with open ends. Place one end on the one terminal. Now touch the other end on the second terminal. It will spark. Notice the spark. If it is of heavy intensity i.e. it has white and yellow streaks and make a fairly loud cracking noise, then the battery is OK. If the intensity is low with little yellow streaks then the battery has no power. If it is completely dead then there will be no spark. To know if the alternator is charging the battery do this. Open the caps of the cells on top of the battery. Check the fluid level. Then start the engine and look in the openings. If you see the bubbles around the battery plates then the alternator is charging. OR you can go to any mechanic and check it with the help of instrument.

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