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Old 05-22-2008, 05:14 PM
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the alternator needs to have a good battery to work. the battery excites the field initially in the alternator, once that happens your lights should never dim while the car is on. sounds like you are draining the battery with the glow and start and after a while the battery recovers enough voltage to excite the feild on the alternator and viola, bright lights. check your battery voltage before during and after the glow/start cycle. it should hold 11-12 volts, if not you may have a bad cell

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