1998 Cavalier battery light wont turn off

Tiny
ORTICA
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  • 1998 CHEVROLET CAVALIER
My abs brake ligth has been on for awhile and now my battery light just came on but the car battery works fine. Any ideas why this light just came on?
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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 AT 5:08 PM

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Tiny
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If you see the battery light on that is a sign that the alternator is not charging the battery. Go to advanced auto and they will check the charging for free. :)
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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 AT 7:19 PM
Tiny
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My car just quit at intersection. I am fairly confident the alternator is gone so now I am wondering how hard it is to change the alternator. Can I do this myself?
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Thursday, December 21st, 2006 AT 9:49 PM
Tiny
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K. Although noone replied. This was the easiest job ever. Went to canadian tire got refurbished alternator for 149$ (CA) and its guaranteed for 3 yrs. There were only 3 bolts holding in the old alternator whihc was located on the left hand side of the car right at the top. Took the old alternator in to canadian to get the cheap 149$ rate. It wood have been 200 for a lifetime guarantee altarnator but figure I wont have car for that long. This was the easiest job in the world to do. Anyone can do it. Ihave little auto mechanic experience and it was a piece of cake ( except when I dropped a nut and had to spend 20 mins looking for it.
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Sunday, December 24th, 2006 AT 12:56 AM
Tiny
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Ortica; I am in the same boat.

I also need to replace my alternator.

Although your's was awhile ago. Did you have any problems accessing the belt tensioner? I have tried multiple angles and cannot get the leverage? Or is it possible to change the alternator w/o using the belt tensioner.

My car is: 1998 Chevy cavalier 2.2L
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Saturday, June 9th, 2007 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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NVM; Problem fixed.

I took the alternator off just by unbolting it, naturally the belt slid right off. My concern was putting the new one on.

Of course when I put the new one on, I had no slack in the belt. With limited access to my belt tensioner, I managed to get my belt tensioner tool in there, but still could not get enough leverage.

After staring at this thing for awhile, I realized I could just push down on the tensioner as opposed to turning the tensioner. Once I realized this, I pushed down more than enough I then just slipped the belt on.

Hope this might help someone else.
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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 12:23 AM
Tiny
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All I use is a long end wrench, With a pipe works wonders or long handled screw driver also, Pretty easy.
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Sunday, June 10th, 2007 AT 2:03 AM

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