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Just finished having my Audi serviced and a couple days

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Hi There. Just finished having my Audi serviced and a couple days later I get the indicator that the alternator is not charging the battery. could be a coincidence but weird that it happens not too long after the car was serviced. Wondering if there's some preliminary things I can do before wasting my money at the dealership.
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Customer: Battery was purchased in September.
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Submitted: 6 months ago.
Category: Audi
Expert:  Mike V. replied 6 months ago.

Hi there,

I would start by checking the belt. While it is strange that it would happen after it was service, if the belts weren't touched then it is just a likely coincidence. Really though, without being able to test the alternator there isn't a lot you can do. Check and make sure the drive belt hasn't broken as the alternator won't charge if it has. You can also take the car up to a parts store and ask them to check the charging system. Most will do this at no charge and at least you will then know if the case is the alternator not charging.

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Thank you so much!

Customer: replied 6 months ago.
Is there any possibility it's just the battery?
Expert:  Mike V. replied 6 months ago.

It would be rare, the light for the alternator should only show when the alternator stops charging the battery. This is either the battery light or the charge gauge. The parts store can also test the battery right on the car, but sorry to say it's not the likely suspect here.

Expert:  Mike V. replied 6 months ago.

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