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battery light flashing on dash?

Discussion in '1st Gen. Tacomas (1995-2004)' started by Komar, Dec 8, 2009.

  1. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:29 AM
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    Komar

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    Does anyone know what could be causing my battery light on the dash to blink once in awhile. The truck seems to start and run fine. Its a 96 tacoma 4x4
     
  2. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:33 AM
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    Your altenator may be on it's way out.
     
  3. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:35 AM
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    yeah,, maybe I should take it and get it checked
     
  4. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:36 AM
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    Best thing to do IMHO.
     
  5. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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    I've never heard a tacoma (or other yota) do that. :notsure:
     
  6. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:39 AM
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    I think pep boys will do it for free. I need to pull it out I think though. thanks
     
  7. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:40 AM
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    Yeah, most auto parts stores will do it free. Check your battery terminals too for corrosion and tightness.
     
  8. Dec 8, 2009 at 8:44 AM
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    will do! It has 170,000 on it, so I am starting to see things go more now.
     
  9. Dec 8, 2009 at 9:01 AM
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    x2... do that first...

    also, how old is your battery?

    what kinda battery you running?
     
  10. Dec 8, 2009 at 9:29 AM
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    battery is about 6 years old, maybe more. I would have to check. It is a pep boys replacement. It cranks fine though.
     
  11. Dec 8, 2009 at 11:31 AM
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    Use to be 7 years on a automotive battery was about the extent of a batteries life. At 6 years old you might consider replacement of it. Depending on where you live a good cold snap will tell the tale of how good a battery is. I had one that had a shorted cell, took a diode out of the alternator but still cranked pretty well so far as I remember. That was in a 1966 Pontiac Grad Prix though.
    If the alternator checks out and the drive belt has some age you might replace it to.
     
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