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Date:         Sat, 5 Nov 2005 08:48:12 -0700
Reply-To:     ScotiaWesty <ScotiaWesty@ADELPHIA.NET>
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From:         ScotiaWesty <ScotiaWesty@ADELPHIA.NET>
Subject:      alt light stays on after a cold start
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Thank you for the suggestions regarding the rapid depletion of the new battery in the van. I am in the middle of trouble shooting it and in the meantime I put my trickle charger on it. Surprisingly, I found the +ve connection at the post had slacked off quite a bit, so I tightened it right up - that's not good for starting.

So, along this line of thought I'd like to describe something else going on with the van that may be related to the battery prob. When I start the van cold, the battery light (alt. light) comes on with ignition and stays on after start. It stays on until I goose the gas pedal a bit. Then it goes out. I drive off, the van warms up and every start thereafter the alt light pops off as soon as the engine starts. This has been going on for about two years and has not caused me any grief (or has it....). I have thought all along that it was a sticky electrical relay. Now I think differently - I'm thinking sticky alternator or something. Thoughts?


1986 Westy

Just past 80 000km (50 000 m) this summer.

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