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Old 02-10-2003, 02:26 PM   #1
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lights dim-turn signal slows down

When i go to turn on the turn signal during the day, it works fine, good pace, not slow, not fast. At night when the lights are on...its a different story...the turn signal is extremely slow. Also, when i am sitting there in park or drive...not moving...ideling at like 750...the interior lights are some what dim, then if i rev it up..the interior lights brighten and so do the headlights. Is my alternator going bad, or is there another cause of this problem?
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Old 02-10-2003, 02:45 PM   #2
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check the water level in your battery. Believe it or not that can affect it... I had the same problem in my car, and the battery water level was low.... I filled it up, and no problems since.
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check the water level in your battery. Believe it or not that can affect it... I had the same problem in my car, and the battery water level was low.... I filled it up, and no problems since.
This may be the problem, but most batteries nowadays are sealed. It might be hard to open one without damaging it.

I would suspect the alternator. Does your car have a voltmeter? What is it doing when the lights dim?

My car did something similar once, and about a week later the alternator calved on me.
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Old 02-10-2003, 03:19 PM   #4
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Sounds like it could be the alternator. This happened to me, and the voltage dropped. I charged the battery, worked okay for a little, then dropped again. Took it to school and tested the alternator, which turned out to be bad.
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i will check the volts nextime the lights dim, but i dont remember the volts moving at all when it does it.
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could be your flashers!! They are dirt cheap to replace.
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Old 02-10-2003, 05:00 PM   #7
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Here's an obvious question that I'm surprised no one asked:

Do you have underdrive pulleys?
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nope...but would that casue a problem?
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same problem...changed alternator...problem went away

alternators a quick easy fix...hardly even get your hands dirty..
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How about instead of just swapping parts that might be bad you get a voltmeter and see what the alternator is pumping out. Could be that it is charging the electrical system perfectly but you have a battery that won't charge up!
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You could just ****** the alternator off and take it to Auto Zone, Advance, etc. They'll check it for free. Then you'd know. As was mentioned, its a rather easy thing to pull and replace.
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i was thinking about doing that. i should.
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Old 02-10-2003, 11:28 PM   #13
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Well, I believe that if your alternator is being underdriven, because it's turning slower, some people run into problems such as this.
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