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Old 11-02-2005, 09:23 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My car is possessed!

I first noticed a few months ago that my headlights were flickering ever so slightly (most noticebaly at idle, but at all rpms). Then I looked around and realized all of the lights in my car were also flickering. I think the voltage in the electrical system must be fluctuating to cause this. It has gotten progressively worse in the past months. The alternator still charges the battery very well. I had it replaced back in February of this year. Does anyone have any idea waht may be causing this and/or how to fix it? Could ity be a grounding problem of some sort?

Also, today my check engine light spontaneously came on and off while I was in low rpm in 2nd gear. Any thoughts on that? It didn't stay on.

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Old 11-03-2005, 03:29 PM   #2 (permalink)
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since you said they would flicker.. and other lights allso... it leads me to believe that the alternator is going to die...
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yea sounds like the alternator or voltage regulator in the alternator is going, i have the same prob, keep up updated on what happens...
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Yup... theres your problem... alternator... if not its the leads from the alternator...

Get a mechanic to look around...

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Old 11-04-2005, 12:01 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Thanks for the input guys. I'm getting the alternator checked out next week - I'll keep you posted.
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Maybe you can check your battery cables, if they are tight enough...
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Old 11-06-2005, 04:04 PM   #7 (permalink)
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and your grounds...check your grounds....99% of all electric pre-diagnosed problems are usually bad grounds.
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Old 11-06-2005, 10:34 PM   #8 (permalink)
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How do I go about checking my grounds, and what should I look for? Is that something I can do or should I get a mechanic to do it? Thanks.
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The problem somehow went away on it's own. The only difference is that I started putting in 93 instead of 89 gas in because the engine was running a little rough. Strange?
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yes...don't use 87 oct...89 is grazing it...and 91 and up is way better for your car.
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