Battery light comes on

Asked by Feb 16, 2017 at 11:49 PM about the 1998 Dodge Caravan 4 Dr SE Passenger Van

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My battery light came on. I found that if I would drive it for 5 minutes, then
turn it off and back on, the light would not come back on. I did not test the
voltage at that time. I pulled the alternator and had it tested. It checked out
okay. I put the alternator back in and it worked for a few days. Then the
battery light came back on. I pulled the alternator again and tested it at a
different shop. They tested about 7 times and it passed every time. I put
the alternator back in. It worked again for a few days. Now the battery light
is coming on again. What are the possible causes?

3 Answers

17,725

If money permits put a used/rebuilt unit in from a parts store that will take it back if its not fixing it and see if a another alternator fixing it, if not take it back, sometimes the load test does not put it threw all possible use and it could be bad or going bad.

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Thanks for your suggestion. I ended up buying a replacement alternator and installing it. After driving for a week, It appears that the problem has been resolved. I don't know that I will ever really trust the alternator tests unless they show that it has failed.

17,725

True, Failed means failed, Pass means Still may be bad.

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