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When starting car in the morning, if it is 0 Degress celcius or higher, the alternator kicks in right away and no lights show up on the dash.

If it is colder then 0 degrees, the alternator does not start charging the battery right away. The colder it is, the longer it takes. Anywhere from a couple minutes up to around 6 minutes.

It is a new battery and a new alternator.

As soon as the alternator kicks in, both lights turn off on the dash.

Anyone else have this problem?
 

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I don't have the problem, but the symptom (both the battery and the brake warning light on) is indicative of the alternator not working/charging.

Were the battery and alternator changed because of this problem, or were they changed some time earlier?

If the problem existed before the battery and alternator were changed, then it's not likely they are the cause and there's a fault elsewhere. If the problem appeared some time after they were changed then the alternator is probably faulty. But before going too far, a question:

When you first go to start the car on one of those cold days, and turn the key to the ON position, but not start the engine, is the Battery warning light lit? This is important for the alternator to start working after the engine starts up.

Do you have a multi-meter and know how to use it? If you do, then on a morning when it's good and cold and the problem is likely to appear, open the hood, turn the key to ON, then measure the voltage at the connector on the alternator. There's two wires; one should have the full battery voltage (12+ V), and the other should have a few Volts, perhaps 1-3. If either of these isn't present, then there's a connection problem outside of the alternator.

If the two Voltages seem to be correct, and the Battery and Brake warning lights don't go out after the engine is started, then it's the alternator. In this regard, if it's an aftermarket unit or a rebuilt, problems such as this are not unusual.

In this case, whatever is causing the alternator not to work is temperature sensitive. It could be internal to the alternator, e.g. in the electronic regulator. It could also be at that connector to the alternator -- check that the connector contacts are clean and that the connector is properly seated.
 

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Sounds like it might be a corrosion problem, or moisture problem.. maybe.
 

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Alternator was replace as the old one just died. Battery was about 4 years old so I bought a new one.

When I turn the keys on but don't start the car, both lights do come on. I do have a multi-meter. Last time I used it was about 5 years ago. Just have to do a search for it...lol.

If worse comes to worse, I do have a extra alternator from a parts car that works. Had to use it so I could drive the car into a garage. I may put this one on when I change the Oil Pressure Sensor,to see if the lights and charging are problems. Have to remove alt anyway to gain access to OPS. I'll do this after I try what you have told me to try.

Thank you very much for the help!
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silly, fine be that way, Accessory Drive Belt :p

Though technically the Alt does have a little fan on it
 
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