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When I start my car sometime the lights on radio&dash are dim when this comes on my running lights go right out when I shut off. Now sometime the lights are o k and then when i stop the lights go out in 30 sec.Back about 1 month my light came on but there was no codes I just reset it . Does not seem to be hurting anything. So what do think Thank you Jim

My car has 69000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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Fluctuations in lighting output can be due to a bad alternator, loose alternator drive belt, wiring faults in the lighting circuit including bad grounds and a weak battery. I recommend you have the battery load tested and, at the same time, have the charging system output tested. Normally, at the battery posts, you should see a voltage of about 14.5 volts when the car is running but the exact specification will depend on your Factory Service Manual. If you have further questions or concerns, do not hesitate to re-contact YourMechanic as we are always here to help you.

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If your alternator is failing, its voltage may drop below capacity, causing the battery warning light to appear on your dash. Similarly, the battery light will also appear if the alternator is exceeding its voltage limit, depending on how much stress it is under.
Basically, the light indicates a battery charging problem. If the light comes on and stays on while driving, this means that your alternator is running solely on energy stored in the battery. If you continue driving, your battery will eventually drain and your vehicle will stop working.
What to do when the alternator warning light is on. As mentioned before, if this light is on, it means that your engine cannot produce enough power to keep itself running. Turning off all non essential accessories will help increase the distance you will be able to travel with a poorly charged battery.
The alternator belt is the connection that interfaces the crankshaft and alternator together. If your car`s alternator belt isn`t working properly, your car battery won`t get the charge it needs for your vehicle`s electrical parts. With that, your car battery light will frequently be on to indicate such an issue.
Dim Lights. An early warning sign that your alternator is going bad could be dim, flickering lights. This symptom could show up on any or all of your dashboard lights, reading lights, headlights or other lights. The alternator is supposed to provide the electricity for your car`s lights.
Signs of a Bad Alternator

Some of the things to look for are no-starting and trouble starting, dimming lights and problems with stereo system output. If your car starts but stalls when you`re underway, your battery is probably not being recharged due to a faulty alternator.

One of the most common causes of the P0562 code is a faulty or broken alternator or voltage regulator. If the alternator isn`t functioning correctly, this will cause an excessive drain of the battery and voltage levels.
The battery light on your car dashboard signals a charging problem with your car battery. If the light turns and stays on, it might be that your alternator isn`t generating enough voltage to charge it. Common causes can be a broken alternator belt, damaged battery cells or a failed alternator.
Can I Still Operate My Vehicle with a Bad Alternator? While you can technically still drive with a bad alternator, it is not advised. This is especially true in newer vehicle models. This is because there is more electricity involved compared to an older model.
Probably, the most common symptom associated with a bad regulator is flickering, dimming, or pulsing lights. To be more specific, you may notice that the vehicle`s: Headlights fluctuate between bright and dim, without you doing anything. High beam isn`t working as expected.
I did a bit of research and found a battery reset is required to resolve the issue. The message can reset by itself, but the car needs to sit undisturbed for at least eight hours. Perhaps with your work/driving schedule the car doesn`t sit long enough.
Probably, the most common symptom associated with a bad regulator is flickering, dimming, or pulsing lights. To be more specific, you may notice that the vehicle`s: Headlights fluctuate between bright and dim, without you doing anything. High beam isn`t working as expected.
The battery light or charging warning light, available on the dashboard of your car, indicates malfunctioning or poor charging of the battery. This light illuminates whenever the charging system does not charge the battery with a voltage above approximately 13.5 volts.

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ANSWER : Hello, thank you for writing in. The vehicle does utilize a lot of the same sensors for these systems. Are there any other codes that are coming up when this code appears? If so you will want to take these into consideration when processing the repair and making a diagnosis. The module may be bad, and replacing it should fix the problem. The lights should turn off once the main computer recognizes the new module and the sensors sync up. If you believe the sensors need to be cleaned you may do so. Do as minimal as possible to make sure you are not damaging the sensor or disrupting the wiring inside. A bad connection would make the lights stay on. With so many lights that are effected by the module being illuminated, the module is likely bad or does not have a connection. Check the connection first and then resort to replacing the unit. For more help with these electrical tests, contact our service department.

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signals, daytime running lights are not working, park brake light on dash is on steady and chime is dinging steady 4×4 wont engage
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Okay so when I turn my lights on at night my brake lights do not work, when I don’t have my lights on they work fine.
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