Hello all! A little background information first. So last weekend my dad bought a used '98 Crown Vic off an older lady (original owner) who had only put 66,000 miles on it so it wasn’t driven a whole lot.
A day after he noticed the battery light came on for about 1-2 minutes and then turned off and stayed off and has continued to do so intermittently. That day we took it to an autozone and the battery&alterator checked out fine with the tool they use… for good measure we took it to another auto zone when it continued to trip the light and everything check out OK.
As far as I’m aware the alternator is the original so could it be possible that that could be the problem? she had installed a new battery so I’m leaning on thinking that isn’t the problem and thinking it could be the alternator seeing as it is about 19 years old.
Any ideas what could be tripping the Battery light? Can the machines these auto shops use get a false reading on a potentially bad alternator ? One more piece of information is that the light seems to stay off when the car is warmed up.
We haven’t had any time to take it to a professional mechanic because of a death in the family but I plan on to taking it in if it continues this