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I have a 2009 RAV4. Last night while driving the Battery

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I have a 2009 RAV4. Last night while driving the Battery light started Blinking intermittently then this morning the power steering seems like it is out. The Belt is in good condition and tight.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Toyota
Expert:  Toyota Service replied 1 year ago.

Hello. Welcome to Just Answer. I am sorry that you are having this issue. Please allow me to assist you. Anything the battery light flashes, this indicates a voltage imbalance inside the alternator. With that in mind, and the light illuminated on the dash, I would seek to have the alternator output tested. I would expect them them to find that the alternator output is not sufficient. The specified alternator output should be 14.4 volts DC. Anything less than this would require replacement of the alternator. A low output voltage condition would also explain the loss of power steering, as I believe that this model has electric power steering. The recommendation I have for you on this request would be to have the alternator output tested and replace the alternator if the voltage is below the specified 14.4 volts DC.

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