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When you try to start the vehicle are you getting any sort of reaction like a slow turn over? Or a rapid, repeating clicking?
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When these dash lights are lit, this is a common sign of a fault in the Charging System. More commonly, this a faulty alternator or a weak battery. The reason the accessories like power windows and radio still work as these do not require a full 12v to operate, whereas the starter needs a full solid 12v to turn the engine over. There is a quick easy test for this, with the use of a voltage meter. With the engine running, take a voltage reading at the battery terminals. If the voltage is not between 13.2-14.4v, or fluctuates in and out of this area, the Alternator will need to be replaced. If the Alternator passes this test, turn the engine off and wait 15min. Take another reading at the battery terminals, this time with the engine off. If the voltage is anything less than 12v, the battery may have a "bad cell" and is not accepting the alternator's charge. If you do not have access to a voltage meter, most local "big chain" parts stores, like AutoZone, will run these tests for Free right in their parking lot. Make sure to also check the battery cables to make sure they are tight, making a good connection and are free of any corrosion and that the serpentine belt is tight around the alternator pulley at this time. Please be kind enough to leave a rating for our Q&A using the 'stars' at the top of the page or click 'Accept' when I have answered all your questions. A 5-star rating is very much appreciated! Rating or accepting my answer does not cost you extra.
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Would you say the noise was coming more from the passenger's side of the engine compartment?
Ok. This can be worn bearings in the alternator or worn bearings in an idler or tensioner pulley. So- inspect the serpentine belt and make sure it is tight around all the pulleys. If not, the belt is slipping around the pulleys which is causing the system not to charge. If the belt is good, I'd recommend running the voltage tests as described above.
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