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The charging system failure warning on the dash comes on if the alternator is overcharging or undercharging. Because the vehicle would not start, I would assume that the alternator output is low and is not recharging the battery. I would suggest having the alternator tested, it is probably faulty.
CHARGING SYSTEM INDICATOR The IPC illuminates the charge indicator when the following occurs:
Note: If the alternator is not charging, it will pull power from the battery until it is drained. This means that the battery may need to be replaced as well.
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