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Old 05-19-2003, 12:42 AM   #1
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I had my 89 sse out on this beautifull day when the charge light came on and the car started to sputter, i figured , alternator...so i changed it ...installed the new one..drove to 1 hour, bang..same thing...figured..faulty alternator..got another one installed it and it did the same thing over again...did anyone encounter shorts in there sse'* that caused this problem...This car is really starting to peev me off..and i love the car so its even more of a pissoff...

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What about your bat? I havent heard about any shorts.. that can cause this but I cant remember if your regulator is in or out of the Alt. but if its out I would check that. Uhmm sorry Im not to much help on this subject
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Maybe the battery... How old is the battery? Does the car start OK?

Are you getting the right amperage alternator?
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the battery is a new one they placed at gm..I dont understand why its doing that..the charge light came on..they replaced the alternator..then okay , then the light came back on...when i revved the engine up the light went off and the guage was ok..it would do that for a while..now it just stays on even when i rev the car up..Ive changed the alternator..put a new one in and the light stayed on..is it possible something isnt grounding right ..if anyone has had the same prob...maybe they could give me a hand..as i picked up a new alternator today and am scared to put it in , i dont want to ruin another one...
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Is the + terminal on the back of the alternator grounding out against something?
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I put a new alternator in, the charge light is off...but when i drive now..the interior lights come on by themselves.. and at times the whole electronic system will shut off all the dash lights flash..and then comes back on..it resets the clock all my stereo settings as if u were to disconnect and reconnect the battery..Is there any way I can check ....also, how can u tell if the +wire is grounding out against something....
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Have you scrubbed and cleaned your battery terminals (with a wire brush) and also the cables and connections leading to the battery lately?

I would try to see the back of the alternator while the engine is running, to see if you can see sparks. The battery + wire when hooked to the alternator is very close to a ground, namely, the alternator case. Just check to make sure the two are separate.

These are ideas. You may have a loose connection somewhere else. If someone else has had this problem, maybe they could chime in here.
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Well i checked all the wires out, i cant see anything wrong..I guess I will tag the car into canadian tire tommorow and leave the boiz handle it from there, as ive done everything i could to find out where this problem comes from, will let u know what it was causing it. in case someone else has the same problem.
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Should check your ground connections. I had the same thing happen in my T/A and it was a loose ground strap.
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where are the groundstraps usually located on our cars....
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