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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 05, 01:44 PM Thread Starter
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Battery light keeps coming on (Ford Question)

This is in my 96 Ford Taurus. I started the engine and disconnecetd the battery with the motor running and it didn't shut off, So I'm pretty sure that the alternator is O.K. When I re-connected the terminals, ( with the engine off ) I double checked the terminals making sure that they were both connected tightly and the battery was secured to the tray. When I start the car, it starts right up with no trouble at all (the battery is brand new). I checked the serpentine belt to see if it was loose and it seems to be pretty tight and undamaged. (no slop)

When the car is in operation, the light comes on and off intermitingly.

What could be causing this light to come on and what am I missing while troubleshooting?

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 3rd, 05, 04:25 PM
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Re: Battery light keeps coming on (Ford Question)

I would lift the negative terminal for at least 30seconds to see if there wasn't a "code" set in the computer. This should reset it if so.

Maynot be related tho.

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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old Apr 4th, 05, 10:13 AM
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Re: Battery light keeps coming on (Ford Question)

If you have a multimeter, measure the volts with the car running. Don't rely on an analog meter with no numeric scale ... Use something readable... You should see 14+ volts ... An alternator can be putting out, but still not be operating properly in the correct range ... If you are seeing 12 volt range or lower running, measure again after you turn the car off ... If you see as many volts or more volts with the car off, you should take your alternator in to be checked ...
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