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Hey everybody, recently i've noticed that when I'm parked for example, and I turn the steering wheel, the headlights dim very noticeably. Something as simple as as locking the doors does this too for a split second.

I know the car has power steering and that puts quite a lot of stress on the car but It's very noticeable. Maybe i've never paid attention before?
 

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When the engine is at idle, the alternator's power output is minimal. So when you put a high electrical load on the system (even the door lock solenoids are going to draw a fair amount of amperage very briefly), you'll notice other high-draw devices like headlights or power windows dimming/slowing down.

For some peace of mind, try revving the engine up slightly (maybe 2500rpm) while you're turning the wheels, etc. You shouldn't really notice anything then.
 

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[quote author=dmention7 link=topic=67155.msg1153599#msg1153599 date=1169007912]
When the engine is at idle, the alternator's power output is minimal. So when you put a high electrical load on the system (even the door lock solenoids are going to draw a fair amount of amperage very briefly), you'll notice other high-draw devices like headlights or power windows dimming/slowing down.

For some peace of mind, try revving the engine up slightly (maybe 2500rpm) while you're turning the wheels, etc. You shouldn't really notice anything then.
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I did. :( there is absolutely no change it seems. I just bought a new battery (needed one) after i picked my car up from the dealership. They said the alternator works fine, but never addressed the issue with teh lights dimming. Tried another dealership, he looked at it real quick, and said he wouldn't worry about it if it were his car.
 
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