The warning lamp with the battery icon in it is actually the
"malfunction, charging system" light.
See about the middle of
http://home.earthlink.net/~honda.lioness/id13.html for some
quick voltage checks you can do that might tell you more.
Congrats on your new Civic. How many miles? Do you have any
maintenance records on it?
Thanks for you help everyone.
Definitely need a new alternator. Please advise on which ones are
good, how to install and which repair manual to buy.
Mileage is 133K, no maintenance records. I will see if I can contact
the previous owner to get his feedback on the car.
I notice the troubleshooting part mentions 'warmed up', but doesn't seem
to stress this important fact I came across the other day:
"a no-charging system may not be the alternator. Honda has been using an
ELD (electrical load device) relay for the last 10 years or so. Honda
uses PCM strategy to control the voltage regulator. We have learned to
let the engine run a few minutes before checking alternator output (the
PCM lets the initial start up to stabilize before turning the alternator
on, reducing the load on the engine). Honda uses the ELD relay to
control alternator output -- no load, no work at idle."
I found it when I was searching 'honda ELD' with google.
The OP may need brushes only, not a whole alternator, also.
I'm sure most of your local auto stores sell rebuilt alternators,along with
the more pricey Honda ones. You can get an idea of their price and
availability by shopping online,Advance Auto,NAPA are a couple of good
Some models may be difficult for accessing the alternator without removing
a drive axle half-shaft and dropping the alt. from below the car..
Haven't some people here reported putting a jack under the
oil pan and raising it a little provides the necessary
Jim there are free online manuals at www.autozone.com and
http://www.honda.co.uk/car/owner/workshop.html that might
No alternator belt?? That does not make sense.
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