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Old 16 Mar 2011, 02:47 pm
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Default 98 Accord alternator problem?... its a weird one

Over the last 3 days while driving my dash lights are coming on... specifically the battery, all 4 doors/trunk, and the parking brake light. Similar to the engine stalling while key is turned. I asked a few people and they said the alternator is the problem. This is happening frequently, but not all the time. I went to the local auto parts store to have the alt. tested, and as I was pulling in when the dash lights went off and returned to normal. When they tested it the battery tested good, but only at 65% charge and the alternator tested good. I tried to explain that the problem wasn't happening at that moment and I think that affected the test. They told me nope... if it tests good than its good. I decided to go ahead and give my car a tune up. Replaced spark plugs, plug wires, distr. cap, rotor, and battery terminal correctors. Car is running better, but on my way to work dash lights came back on, then 1 mile away from work my head lights, gauges, radio shut off but car still running. I make it to work and go back to an auto parts store closer to there. Dash lights are on the whole time, but when I pull in again they go off and alternator tests good again only now battery is testing bad. I refuse to accept this and take off driving for 10 mins (car acting normally) to charge battery. Go back and battery is testing good... so is alternator.

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