- Battery was replaced 7-8 months ago (Interstate batteries brand)
- Got new alternator today after car died
- When picked up, battery light was faintly glowing
- Mechanic said everything was fine and it's nothing to worry about despite my protestations
... which I obviously don't buy since I'm posting here.
What led to me getting a new alt: Two nights ago, my battery light suddenly came on right before I parked. When I got back into my car an hour later, it wouldn't start. Made a rapid clicking noise. I was able to jump it and get it home; it shuddered dead right as I pulled in.
Naturally I assumed it was not the battery since it wasn't holding a charge. Took it to the mechanic today, who replaced the alternator. Got in the car and it started fine, but the battery light is still on, about half as bright as before. Light was NOT on at all before all this.
Thoughts? Should I go to my other mechanic? Ignore the dim light until something happens? Thank you :)
2001 Toyota RAV4