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Hi. Can someone tell me what would cause the indicator lights for both my brakes and battery to come on. My son is in the middle of driving from Florida to NJ tonight and I don't know if this is a problem he should stop for. any assistance would be greatly appreciated

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It is probably a bad alternator. The alternator in my 2001 outback 3.0 went out completely last year and when I bought a replacement remanufactured one both of these lights would come on periodically. I went back to Pep Boys several times until they finally exchanged it with a new one and the problem went away. I never broke down or had the car not start while this was happening though. I would recommend paying the $400+ dollars for the subaru original alternator over the $125 Remanufactured though. It could save you much more in the long run as I think the bad alternator has had other ill effects on my car's electrical system.

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It sounds as though one of the belts, (actually I think it's just one large one) has broken. The belt would have been attached to the alternator and the power steering, those could go out at the same time. The smell would be the burning rubber of the belt. It is possible that the broken piece of belt flapping around could have damaged a component in the brake system. He will have more problems if he keeps driving. I would have the car towed to a garage. I would also advise that he get a recommendation from one of the locals in a restaurant as to who an honest mechanic in the area so that he is not taken unfair advantage of.
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Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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