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Batter Light On??

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas' started by rab89, Mar 5, 2009.

  1. Mar 5, 2009 at 10:25 PM
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    rab89

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    OK,

    So my engine was looking kind of oily, so i decided to spray some degreaser in there. after letting it soak a bit and then thuroughly washing my engine down, i went for a drive and my battery light, brake light are on, and my volt battery meter thing is reading lower than usual.. what is going on??
     
  2. Mar 6, 2009 at 2:07 AM
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    I saw your other post about this.....

    I would have the alternator checked. Perhaps it's not charging the battery.
    In the process of washing the truck - you could've dislodged some dirt/mud that relocated itself inside the alternator. You might wanna have the alternator brushes checked also (I think they still have brushes).
    If the alternator is dirty inside - they don't work well.
     
  3. Mar 6, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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    ubermx5

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    I say both the above posters are right.
    But i wiould try the cleaning the battery and Alternator thing first.

    See if that helps.

    then go for the test.
     
  4. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:39 AM
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    nope, alternator was fried, water did it in.

    $500 installed with new belt, from mechanic
     
  5. Mar 6, 2009 at 9:42 AM
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    is this because of the wash?
     
  6. Mar 6, 2009 at 10:02 AM
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    allegedly

    but it did happen the first time i started it after the wash
     
  7. Mar 6, 2009 at 10:28 AM
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    Once again, always avoid the alternator when washing the engine. Also, keep the engine running when doing so.
     
  8. Mar 6, 2009 at 12:45 PM
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    btw that was my buddies 90 not my truck. he used me account for some reason...
     
  9. Mar 6, 2009 at 1:26 PM
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    Good to hear. :)
     
  10. Mar 6, 2009 at 4:21 PM
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    That's news to me...why do you keep the engine running?
     
  11. Mar 6, 2009 at 4:26 PM
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    There are tons of reasons....If water gets into the alternator, the Alt. fan/cooling fins, will help to blow the water out. I just avoid the alt with any water. Never had an issue when washing the engine with the engine running, and avoiding the alt.
     
  12. Mar 6, 2009 at 4:34 PM
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    Works for me, thanks. I had washed off engines in the past, never had any issues, but that makes sense. Good to know that one can still learn stuff at a ripe old age...
     
  13. Mar 6, 2009 at 5:55 PM
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    the only thing with the engine on is if the water does get to it, it can short circuit. thats what happened the my buddy(the guy who started this thread). if you wash it when it's off and give ti time to dry, there may be less chance of a short circuit. my .02
     
  14. Mar 6, 2009 at 5:58 PM
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    The enignes and electronics are mostly sealed. Just have to stay away from the fuse box, and alternator.
     
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    Wiring & connections aren't sealed. You have to be careful around anything that's electrical.
     
  16. Mar 7, 2009 at 5:17 AM
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    Ok. Perhaps I was being vague...and a little tired...They are water resistant. Many of the conectors (I have found) have an dielectric (or whatever it is) grease to help maintain a good contact and to keep moisture out. Maony conectors have a rubber seal to aid in keeping moisture out as well. Plugs are (for the most part) sealed. One of the reasons your engine doesnt short out if driven thru a puddle.
     
  17. Mar 7, 2009 at 7:15 AM
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    I prefer to keep the engine running when I wash the engine bay also. But if you insist on washing it with the vehicle off, wrap a plastic bag around the alternator, just for some added security.
     
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