Tag: alternators

22 Posts

Dec 01, 1996

Your alternator might be causing your brake light to flicker.

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Datsun B Two or three months ago I noticed that the dashboard brake light was flickering as if it were a turn indicator while I was stopped at a red light I immediately drove to my trustworthy mechanic They decided...

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Jun 01, 1996

Another bad alternator, or a rare case of a Swedish syndrome known as "ground wire burnout"?

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Here's another Saab story for you My girlfriend has a non-turbo It starts fine idles for a while then stalls If you try to start it the battery just acts dead If you jump start it it will run fine...

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Feb 01, 1996

Going through batteries? Check your alternator.

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months after we purchased our Ford T-bird the original -month battery died with no warning signs and had to be replaced months later THAT -month battery died again without warning and had to be replaced months later the low battery...


Jun 01, 1995

What could be causing this battery to lose its charge?

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Boy do I hope you can answer my question We have a Chevy Open Road Van that keeps wearing down the battery We have had the camper to two different vehicle electrical shops and they told us all we needed...

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Nov 01, 1993

Suspicious of the alternator belt.

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I have a Cadillac Seville with miles It is the - - engine but the computer has been disconnected so it only runs on eight cylinders My problem is that I have a squealing noise from the alternator whenever I...

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May 01, 1993

A Nissan Sentra blows its fuse(s).

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I have a Nissan Sentra with miles on it The amp Engine Control fuse blew as I was driving After replacing the fuse the same thing happened again I was in the process of accelerating both times I've checked over...

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Mar 01, 1993

What could burn through 4 distributors?

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My car is a Toyota Tercel The problem is that last June the car wouldn't start So the local gas station replaced the distributor Then the same thing happened in September November and January The last three times the distributor...


Jul 01, 1992

Why is my generator light always a little bit on?

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The generator light on my Chevy Citation stays dimly lit most of the time But I've taken it to a mechanic and the alternator has checked out fine What's the problem Tom TOM The problem is the guy who checked...


Mar 01, 1992

Do you drive by any abandoned nuclear test sites on your way to work?

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Some unusual happenings occur on the instrument panel of my Mercury Topaz The red battery light intermittently comes on while driving This can occur for a short second or two or for two or three days and then weeks can...


May 01, 1991

To use or not to use the headlights...

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Does driving a vehicle with the headlights on appreciably shorten the life of the battery and or alternator I am asking about additional hours logged during daylight hours Even though it's safer I think many people are reluctant to turn...

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