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my check engine light went ona couple of days after all my

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my check engine light went ona couple of days after all my dash lights(airbag,coolant,battery etc) went all funky and were flashing off and on while i was driving. also my rpm needle kept reving from 0-1 while at a complete stop. am i looking at an alternator problem or electrical?

tims auto repair :

hi

tims auto repair :

what is the year,make and model?

Customer:

2002 sunfire

tims auto repair :

ok

tims auto repair :

does the bat/alt light stay on?

Customer:

no,the only light staying on is the engine light

tims auto repair :

ok

tims auto repair :

one moment please

Customer:

ok

tims auto repair :

have you had the car scanned?

Customer:

no, haven't been able to get my car in and back within a reasonable time frame and need my car for work

tims auto repair :

ok

tims auto repair :

here is what you need to do

tims auto repair :

sense the engine light is on there are codes stored in the cars computer

tims auto repair :

these codes will give a clue to your problem

tims auto repair :

if you dont have a scanner..

tims auto repair :

some parts stores will scan it and give you the codes for free

tims auto repair :

without the codes and from the way you explain

tims auto repair :

you need to load test the charging system

tims auto repair :

this will determine for sure if the alternator is bad

tims auto repair :

again,,most parts stores will do a load test for free also

tims auto repair :

you may in fact need a new alternator

tims auto repair :

but,do the tests first to make sure

Customer:

if the alternator is going will the battery light come on, or not necessarily

tims auto repair :

i would think if it is the alternator,,it will eventually come on

tims auto repair :

but,it is possible for it to be shorting or over charging and not turn the light on

tims auto repair :

this is why you really need to test it first

Customer:

ok, thanks for your help, have a better idea on what needs to be done now

tims auto repair :

you are very welcome

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