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Old 03-18-2004, 10:47 AM   #1
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Hey Guys

Listen I just started to have a problem with my car and maybe its the computer........my radio shuts off when i shut the car off and the power locks won't work and then the next time its ok..........and sometimes my interior lights won't come on when i open the door and i have to reset the radio clock when i start it.......the car is charging when i'm driving but the lights flicker when i'm at idle.............could you please help me out.

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Do you have a Voltmeter in your car? How old is the alternator. Sounds like a bad battery to me if you can't retain power when the car'* off. Change it quick, it'll drag down your alternator to the same level quickly, by pulling too much to charge the bad battery.
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it can also cause some wacky tranny problems if the voltage is jumping around (but more likely when it drops below a certain level). not quite sure what the level is with a 4T6x, but a new battery should nicely take care of your problems.

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It sounds like bad connections at the battery or a bad battery. If you think the battery is fine you may want to try scrubbing all of the battery terminals and the wires that go to it. Also scrub in-between the two red wires. Use a wire brush.
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It sounds like bad connections at the battery or a bad battery. If you think the battery is fine you may want to try scrubbing all of the battery terminals and the wires that go to it. Also scrub in-between the two red wires. Use a wire brush.
Dipping the brush in a solution of baking soda and water can also help -- it neutralizes the acid in the corrosion and (sometimes) makes it a little easier to get off.

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Thanks guys............cleaned the terminal and seems that was it.............can always depend on you guys,will invest in a new battery though............Thanks again
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How old is your battery? It might be just fine.
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How old is your battery? It might be just fine.
Yes, with the Bonne it'* more likely that your _alternator_ is on its last legs, not your battery. Don't spend the money on a new battery until you have it tested, and a bench-test of your alternator wouldn't be a bad idea, either.
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