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I have a 1987 Toyota Tercel Liftback. Today while drivving I heard a clicking sound from under the hood for about 2 seconds then the charge light came on. When the engine reaches high RPMs as in increasing speed the light goes off. It comes back on immediately following slowing down. The clicking sound is reminiscent of the clicking you hear when a battery is low/dead and you try to crank.

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With the engine OFF, look at the belt(s) going to the alternator. it is probably loose. if so, then it is likely that the idler/ tensioner pulley is bad (the clicking is the bearings inside the pulley rattling around inside the pulley wheel) the clue is clicking + charge light ON.

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