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Old 02-15-2003, 04:18 AM
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Ok, so I'm driving home from a looong day at work, and my voltage light comes on. Now I'm on a 50 mile commute in Alaska-not many places to stop, so I decide to come on in. 5 minutes away from my house, the car just loses power. I kill the heater, radio, etc, and get a little more go, and then it dies, with no chance of starting again. I turn the key, and just get the click.
My thought is the alternator, right? I never had a front drive car before, so how hard is this to replace? Looks like its pretty easy to get to being located right on top of the motor, but what about belt routing? Is there anything else that would cause that kind of power loss? The damn thing looks brand new! Any help is appreciated.
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Another easy way is to jumpstart the car, like jeffrey said (let it charge for about 10 minutes first), then after the car is running, disconnect one of the battery cables. If the car dies, the Alternator is dead and you were running off the battery. You've got a pretty classic case of alternator-itis. The good news is you can change it with only 2 sockets. One for the tensioner, one for the 2 bolts on the alt bracket. It'* a 5 minute job, in and out.
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i doubt that this is it, but check your grounds before you you bet a new alternator. i had similar problems, bat power going from full to red zone. I checked my grounds and i found one that had become really loose and i tightened it and it fixed my prob. i hope that your prob is as easy as mine did. but yours sounds a little worse. good luck
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Well, I was just now able to check your replys, and yes, it was the alternator. I was shocked at how easy it was to replace! I was in there for no more than 10 mins! However, I was even more shocked at the cost of a new alt. First quote I got was $225, someone else wanted $267, and I finally got one for $165. Holy crap! The most I ever spent before was $90 bucks! Oh well, any way, it got done and now I am once again cooking with gas! Thanks again for your help!
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