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Old 05-22-2019, 04:55 PM   #1
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CHECK ALTERNATOR warning popped up but after about a minute or two it disappeared, will have it checked out in the am, better to do preventive maintenance than get stranded out on the lone prairie, in the gloom of night. The other day the alternator got splashed with HOT coolant due to a faulty plastic "T" where the heater hoses connect to the water pump on the passenger side just below the battery. At any rate I'll check it out first thing in the morning.
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Old 05-23-2019, 10:53 AM   #2
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Put a multimeter on the battery and make sure it is charging. If so, good to go.
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Old 05-23-2019, 11:43 AM   #3
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I've had water, coolant, power steering fluid thrown over the alternator (original @ 205K) and it is still going. The only time I ever had the alternator warning pop up was when the serpentine belt was slipping. Although you'll like notice the steering get stiff - when mine happened, it was when I'd turn the wheel far enough to the right or left to put load on the PS pump. The steering got stiff because the pump couldn't run fast enough due to the slipping belt, which also caused the alternator to not spin fast enough to trigger the dash alert. It worried me at first as well until I realized what was happening. Replaced the belt and no issue since. Just food for thought if the alternator tests out good.
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:24 PM   #4
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I'm glad to hear that our cars have a warning for the alternator to keep the guess work out of the repair. Both the belts on my car snapped before I ever got that warning haha
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Old 05-27-2019, 07:51 PM   #5
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Bro that sucks, I got a warning Wednesday afternoon and another on initial start up Thursday morning then I got no warning until all
of the electronics went haywire late Friday afternoon then total shut down. I was left stranded about 2 blocks from home, it took a hotshot but by the time I pulled into the driveway 5 minutes later it died.
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