Mechanics

DASH LIGHTS ON

1989 Toyota Van • 250,000 miles

The Emerg. Brake light, radiator, and battery charge light stay on even with nothing wrong. I checked everything and nothings wrong. Any help please!

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The-dawg
February 22, 2014.




I need more than "checked everything" to work with. Give me some test results to analyze. What did you test and what did you find? What do you have for battery voltage with the engine running?

Caradiodoc
Feb 22, 2014.
I checked the radiator fluid level. I also replaced the alternator because it was not charging. For the brake light I checked the brake fluid reservoir and its fine. Im getting 14.13 volts when the van is running.
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The-dawg
Mar 10, 2014.
14.13 volts is perfect, ... Right between 13.75 and 14.75 volts, but that's just the first part of the test. Next you'll need a professional load tester to test the output current. If your generator has a defective diode, you will only be able to get exactly one third of the rated current, and "ripple" voltage will be very high. 30 amps from the common 90 amp generator isn't enough to run the entire electrical system under all conditions. That can be enough to turn on the warning light.

Caradiodoc
Mar 11, 2014.

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