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Old 02-03-2008, 08:08 AM
'83 Benz
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Possible Electrical issue

I have question on a possible electrical issue that I am having with my car. Randomly my Fuel light, battery light, Brake Pad Light, and Emergency Brake light all come on at the same time. Sometimes it stays on for a minute or two, sometimes it flashes, sometimes it never happens. But eventually it goes away. Any thoughts?

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Old 02-03-2008, 03:08 PM
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You should say what car you are working on. I think I have seen this complaint listed before. Also do a search.
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Old 02-03-2008, 03:25 PM
'83 Benz
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1983 300d

My car is a 1983 300D..I tried the search and didn't seem to have much luck..maybe I am not searching right.
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Old 02-09-2008, 07:17 AM
'83 Benz
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When those lights are on it means your alternator is going..mine went the other night..
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Old 02-09-2008, 11:10 AM
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Often, a failing alternator, doesn't mean you have to replace the whole unit. You can replace the regulator/brush combo for less $.
However, I would first suspect a loose contact - check your battery cables from one end to the other, and perhaps the battery posts themselves, before replacing parts.

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