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Diagnose my dimming problem

 
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 10:49 am    Post subject:  Diagnose my dimming problem Reply with quote

Ok so this winter my car has had some issues with the battery/alternator (at least I think it has to be one of them). The first time I had the issue pop up was driving the car to work. I almost had the car die on me in mid-drive coming to a stop sign. Had multiple instrument failures (ABS, traction control), my dash lit up like a christmas tree but dimmed at the same time. Like I had lost half of my controls. The issues seem to come up when I turn on my rear window defroster first. That same day when I got to work I took the car over to a garage in the same plaza I work in to have the battery and alternator checked. They said the battery was the issue, so now I have a brand new interstate battery in the car. However the issues haven't completely stopped. Although I haven't had the car almost die now, I still have my dash dim when I have the rear window defroster on. Also, if I have the rear window defroster on, and also turn my wipers on, they wipe REAL slow. I'm getting tired of dealing with this, but at the same time I don't want to just keep throwing $ at it if I'm not sure what the issue is. I mean to me it sounds alternator related, but the garage said it was ok. I don't know anymore...
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 1:27 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Check the other ends of the battery cables. They should be clean and make good contact.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:02 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

Sounds like there is a ground that needs to be cleaned up
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 4:22 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

^^^^^ What he said ^^^^^

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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 7:40 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

So the grounds that you want to look at are the body ground and engine ground. The body ground is right behind the battery, that's probably the one that is giving you the issue. Pull it off and clean it up. Then follow the other negative cable coming off of the battery and follow that one to where it attaches on the motor. Same thing. Pull it off clean off the corrosion and see if that helps.
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PostPosted: Sat Jan 25, 2014 8:07 pm    Post subject:   Reply with quote

98ss wrote:
So the grounds that you want to look at are the body ground and engine ground. The body ground is right behind the battery, that's probably the one that is giving you the issue. Pull it off and clean it up. Then follow the other negative cable coming off of the battery and follow that one to where it attaches on the motor. Same thing. Pull it off clean off the corrosion and see if that helps.
Cool. Will do. Thanks for the help, really appreciate it. I'll let you know if it helps when I take a look at it when the weather decides to cooperate here in western NY again.
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