1995 ford escort battery light

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have a 1995 ford escort 1.9L. on way home from work battery light came on. Replaced the battery with a new one from autozone. Battery light is still on. I get a 12 volt reading at the battery with car not running and 14 (+/- .5 not sure how accurate my old voltmeter is) with the car running. Dont want to pull a battery cable off to see if the alternator is good. Is there something to reset or do when you change a battery on a ford (never had a ford escort before). Any other ways to check the alternator?

posted by  fm8691

So you replaced the battery because the battery light came on? That's a sure way to break the bank. :banghead: I believe Autozone has free charging system diagnosis. I know for sure Advance Auto does. Go see them for a proper diagnosis.

posted by  DodgeRida67

By the way, I forgot to mention, be glad you didn't decide to disconnect the battery cable(s) to see if your alternator was putting out. Doing the job that way can and will damage electrical componets. :thumbs:

posted by  DodgeRida67

took the battery in to autozone and they ran a test on it. Said battery was bad. Car seems to run just fine and everything seems to be charging. like I said 14 volts at the battery with car running. Dang idiot light on dash is on still.

posted by  fm8691

Hopefully the problem is solved. Cleaned the connections on the Alternator. They didnt look bad, little corrosion on one connection. Hooked everything back up and low and behold. No more idiot light on in the dash. Thanks to anyone who was scrambling there brains.

posted by  fm8691

That was a very smart thing to do. Much cheaper than replacing batteries isnt it? :thumbs:

posted by  DodgeRida67

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