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Old 08-14-2005, 08:30 PM   #1
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I have a 92 SE. Awhile ago my battery gauge started dropping down to close to the red whenever i would break. The more i had on (air and headlights) the lower it would drop. I replaced the battery and put on a new serpintine belt. Neither of these fixed the problem and lately the oil gauge has also started dropping when i would break. Any suggestions? Please tell me this isn't a serious problem...
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Has the alternator been tested?
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nope not yet. was heading in for an oil change tomorrow and someone else had suggsted checking that. expensive fix if that is what it is?
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The alternator os easy replace, but costs $100 or so bux.
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something i should try myself? Have don't have a great mechanical knowledge.
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Very easy yourself. Remove the belt, remove a couple botls, and a wire and a connector.

Stay away from Autozone alternators. Lean towards NAPA if you're going local.
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Make sure to disconnect the battery before replacing the alternator.

In support of Auto Zone, though, I've chosen not to buy their standard rebuilt alternators, but I have bought their more expensive duralast gold alternators (part #DLG1380-6-7) for my '92 SSE supercharged and '93 SSEi, and haven't had a problem with either one. They have lifetime warranties and claim to have been redesigned to tolerate the heat better and have 100% new parts. They cost around $130 if I remember correctly.
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I would strongly recommend the AC delco 140 amp with a lifetime warrenty from Advance, I have it in my car, and so do a few others
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don't these cars have 160 amp alternator. That what my ac delco alternator says and paper work
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I gaurantee you didn't get a 160 from the factory. I have a 160 on my SSEi now, but it came with a 125 from the factory. My SLE came with a 140, which is not common.

MOST SE'* shipped with a 105.
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