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I was in the dealer Friday morning for a coolant flush. Ever since, I have noticed that my headlights and interior lights dim when adding a new electrical draw (turn on heat, use power windows or locks), and also my horn seems week. Almost like it is not getting full power.

They did do a 10 point inspection or something like that and tested the charging system as well which tested good. I am about to go back over to the dealer on my lunch hour unless there is something I can check quick?....

It is so frustrating when you have more problems after you leave than when you came in.
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my guess is that they left/made a wire loose on the alternator or battery.

or they spilled coolant all over the alternator and cooked it and now you are running off the battery
 

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Maybe the loose wire, but I dont think they spilled coolant all over the alternator because it is nowhere neer the coolant tank, and it has been like this since last week. If I was running all on battery the battery light would have come on and/or my car would have died by now.

I will check the wires though.



my guess is that they left/made a wire loose on the alternator or battery.

or they spilled coolant all over the alternator and cooked it and now you are running off the battery
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Not always the case. Some times it will slowly drain the battery because its only half cooked or on its way out. It could be your battery causing a load as well ?
 

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I'd guess they left a bad connection when testing the charging system, tho i dunno how. The equipment i use to test the charging system doesn't require me to disconnect anything, but maybe they use a different method. Anyway, i'd head back over there and tell them what's up, and make them figure it out.
 

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Maybe the loose wire, but I dont think they spilled coolant all over the alternator because it is nowhere neer the coolant tank, and it has been like this since last week. If I was running all on battery the battery light would have come on and/or my car would have died by now.

I will check the wires though.



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my guess is that they left/made a wire loose on the alternator or battery.

or they spilled coolant all over the alternator and cooked it and now you are running off the battery
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The coolant resivoir is right next to the alternator??
 

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Maybe the loose wire, but I dont think they spilled coolant all over the alternator because it is nowhere neer the coolant tank, and it has been like this since last week. If I was running all on battery the battery light would have come on and/or my car would have died by now.

I will check the wires though.



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my guess is that they left/made a wire loose on the alternator or battery.

or they spilled coolant all over the alternator and cooked it and now you are running off the battery
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The coolant resivoir is right next to the alternator??
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i was a bit confused as well after reading that.

Anyway, Im going to stop by the dealer today to pick up some touch-up paint so I am going to stop by the service department and see whats going on. I really hate it when your car has more problems coming out then it did coming in.
 

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I never ever said the the coolant tank was next to the alternator!

I dont know every configuration of taurus engines.

All I know is that when your cooling system is flushed many different shops will do this many different ways including removing rad hoses and spilling coolant everywhere.

I was just being general.

As mentioned before you it sounds like you have a alternator going out slowly and happen to have a good battery.
 

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I never ever said the the coolant tank was next to the alternator!

I dont know every configuration of taurus engines.

All I know is that when your cooling system is flushed many different shops will do this many different ways including removing rad hoses and spilling coolant everywhere.

I was just being general.

As mentioned before you it sounds like you have a alternator going out slowly and happen to have a good battery.
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Only confusing thing though is that my alternator tested good when I took it in.

I took the car back to the dealer and they tryed to deny everything.
I think I will have to take the car somewhere this weekend to have the charging system checked for a second opinion.
Disappointing because I thought the dealer I went to was Ok until the experience I just had.
 
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