Battery light

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Old 01-06-2015, 09:57 AM
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I have replaced my battery and a new alternator. For some reason my light keeps coming on. Had it tested and it says nothing wrong detected. I have a 2005 Saturn vue 6. What could be causing problem or is it a defect
 

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Old 01-06-2015, 10:55 AM
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Who tested it and how? Do you have a check engine light or any other name people use for it?

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Old 01-06-2015, 11:10 AM
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Are you sure the replacement alternator has at least the same output Amps spec as the original?

Check all connections at the battery and the ground connection from the battery to the frame for tightness and corrosion. This includes cutting the insulation on the positive cable a few inches to ensure battery acid is not corroding the cable.

Check the DC voltage across the battery terminals with the car cold (not running) and with it running. It is possible your alternator is not putting out enough current to keep the battery sufficiently charged while running.

Report the values back here and we'll see what's what.

Do you have any high current drawing accessories in your car like a huge stereo amplifier? What I'm getting at is there may be another large current draw which is taxing the alternator and it can't produce enough current to satisfy both the battery charging and the draw of current to the amp or other device.

Unfortunately I do not know from where the PCM (or maybe BCM) gets the information from regarding charging system voltage. My guess is across the voltage regulator of the alternator----that's my GUESS.

Maybe another member can fill that in. Might just be a bad measurement issue
 
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The alternator was replaced by me. It is the same out put as the original one. The battery is new replaced them both at the same time. Had the test done crank was normal, 10.91v no load 14.26v, loaded 14.02v. I will check the wires. Have no amp just basic car for my wife bought it new in 2005.
 
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So a "load" test was done.....no load test on the battery and charging system is like doing no test at all.

Again, any other lights on? Check engine light or the like?
 

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Old 01-07-2015, 06:52 AM
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Ok I am taking my car to an electrical mechanic Thursday. I will report back what he finds. The load test was done on the battery it came back fine. I cleaned all the electrical connections last night like ya'll suggested. Will see if the light comes on today. It only comes on for a few min then goes out.
 
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Old 01-07-2015, 09:43 AM
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You should have a complete load test done on the whole charging system.

The voltages while running are acceptable for an alternator under load. The question is whether it is delivering enough current. Since your battery is not going dead, I'd say so.

From this last post you indicated that the light only stays on for a few minutes. I was under the impression from your first post that the light was routinely coming on and staying on.....just how I interpreted it since you said light kept coming on but never indicated when it went off.....neither here nor there. though the likelihood of the different causes may shuffle a bit.

Being that the battery light is on but short lived, there is a decent possibility that your serpentine belt is beginning to intermittently slip due to wear, thus not spinning the alternator pulley at full speed, and thus not allowing full alternator output. In addition to the belt itself, the belt tensioner may be wearing out, contributing to the slippage of the belt.

Are you sure that neg battery cable to chassis ground connection is clean as a whistle?

Another possibility is that there is a marginal connection in the charging system and when the car gets bumped around on the road, the the PCMs voltage reading gets fubar d then comes right back. Light on....Light off.

Could have the bad luck of a bad voltage regulator on the new alternator.....

Might want to look into belt and tensioner before taking it in if it starts every morning and drives fine---and the light does not STAY on.
 
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