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Kia Rio Brake + Battery Light ON


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I got a faint battery + brake light ON which was going away while racing and the headlight was kind of dim as well. so i took it to S*M*N A*U*O electician and was told that the alternator coil and the plate/board is fried and will cost around 10k to repair but its recommended to replace it with a reconditon one for 14k so obviously i went with the latter option. I didnt notice anything while driving back home but now i am getting a wierd problem which is contrasting to the earlier issue. This time both the lights arent going away when racing.. actually its blinking more while racing and going away (or very dim) on idle :( Any Idea GUYS!!!! ?#[email protected]@ :(

YEAR: 2000

Model: KIA RIO

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Update: i took the car back to the same place.. they checked the battery charging via a meter and confirmed that the alternator is wokring fine.. also when he put the AC/Lights and do a full throttle the battery indicator dissappeared and did not return. Anyway the garage gave me a warranty and told that in any case if the car stalls somewhere they will come and get it sorted for me and even replace the alternator for free. lets hope so ;) btw i drove around 15kms afterwards and so far everything seems to be okay except for an occassional glimpse of that battery indicator. Any idea guys ?

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4 hours ago, ruki123 said:

Update: i took the car back to the same place.. they checked the battery charging via a meter and confirmed that the alternator is wokring fine.. also when he put the AC/Lights and do a full throttle the battery indicator dissappeared and did not return. Anyway the garage gave me a warranty and told that in any case if the car stalls somewhere they will come and get it sorted for me and even replace the alternator for free. lets hope so ;) btw i drove around 15kms afterwards and so far everything seems to be okay except for an occassional glimpse of that battery indicator. Any idea guys ?

Hmmm did you check whether your both battery  terminals are tightened properly ?

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15 hours ago, Davy said:

Did you bring the original alternator I home with you? 

yes its still in the boot

 

10 hours ago, Twin Turbo said:

Check if the connections are loose

 

2 hours ago, PerfMad said:

Hmmm did you check whether your both battery  terminals are tightened properly ?

done! i also removed and tightened just to be safe

 

3 hours ago, Rumesh88 said:

When do you get the battery indication? On idle?

 

yes i can see it while idling as well.. its a very faint indicator and hardly visible during daytime. sometimes it goes away when accerating or using the power windows.

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4 hours ago, Rumesh88 said:

When do you get the battery indication? On idle?

 

Would it help monitoring the voltage using an obd scanner or multi-meter connect to the cigarette lighter or something? I mean how voltage changes before starting the engine and how it increase to like 13.9 - 14.1(depending on the car) at idle vs with some revs.

 

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14 minutes ago, kmeeg said:

Would it help monitoring the voltage using an obd scanner or multi-meter connect to the cigarette lighter or something? I mean how voltage changes before starting the engine and how it increase to like 13.9 - 14.1(depending on the car) at idle vs with some revs.

 

Exactly. That is why I asked whether the battery indication was related to engine RPM. You can use a OBD scanner (even a cheap ELM327 type one) or a multi-meter to measure the voltage at various engine RPM and electrical loads. If that shoes a steady 13.8 - 14.1++  then the issue is in the indicator circuitry.

 

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44 minutes ago, Rumesh88 said:

Exactly. That is why I asked whether the battery indication was related to engine RPM. You can use a OBD scanner (even a cheap ELM327 type one) or a multi-meter to measure the voltage at various engine RPM and electrical loads. If that shoes a steady 13.8 - 14.1++  then the issue is in the indicator circuitry.

 

Once automiraj tried to scan my car but none of their scanners worked.. I also have an elm 327 mini adapter which isn't detecting as well :(  alternator place down kalubowila near budhagosha is the place I took the car and they are the ones who replaced it. I'm pretty sure that they would have done the voltage testing before handing over the car. When I took the car next day also they did some testing and told me everything seems to be working fine and still gave me an assurance if something goes wrong they will come for assistance and replace the alternator if required

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