An engine accessory which generates alternating current (AC). The electricity is then fed through diodes which converts it from AC to direct current (DC), which is usable by the automobile in general. The alternator is usually driven by belts which are connected to the crankshaft of the engine which ...

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Battery and Alternator Pass Test - 2003 Mustang GT

I have a 2003 Ford Mustang GT, I had the battery tested and it will take a jump and start up so naturally I am thinking the alternator is bad. I take the alternator out and have it tested 3 times and ...
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Burning Rubber while driving and after

Tonight I popped out in my partners car and noticed an awful burning/chemical smell whilst driving, this smell got worse if you turned on the AC (FAN BLOWER), so I got her to pull over and had her pop ...
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Non-functional gas pedal, engine stalling, dead battery: broken alternator?

I have a 2005 Nissan Sentra. The following happened twice within a few days: I stopped at a red light. When the light turned green, pressing the gas pedal had no effect at all. However, the car ...
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Suddenly losing electrical power, but after jump start, test the battery and alternator, they seem fine

99 corolla seca. OK so first time it happened i was driving and i suddenly lost power (electrics / everything else) it just kind of putters a little and then that's it. I called roadside assist and ...
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Are inverters bad for your car?

I bought a Duralast 130W inverter and it says 260 peak watts and it plugs into the 12V cigarette lighter. I want to charge my HP laptop with it. Is it bad for the car?
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Failing alternator, idler pulley, or something else?

I have 1997 Chevrolet Lumina sedan. I’m trying to diagnose a sound coming from my engine. It is a “whirring” noise that varies with the engine speed (e.g., if I accelerate, the sound becomes louder ...
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when trying to start my pajero it just clicks and wont fire up

pajero wouldnt start and just clicks had aa out and they said it was the alternator but tried car over weekend and it started first time. tried this morning and just click had to have a jump start to ...
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Battery dies frequently

I've had my 97 civic for a year now and the battery died about 3 months after I bought the car. Each time it died, I'd kick start it, drive for a few days, then it would die again. So I went to the ...
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Should fuel pump noise be changing according to electrical load and RPM?

One thing that bugs me about my car is that the fuel pump noise is fairly inconsistent. Turning on the lights, aircon, defroster, etc. lowers the fuel pump speed and gives a lower pitched noise. It ...
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Remove alternator before cleaning

Removed alternator, sprayed brake cleaner inside and out.blew it out with air reinstalled it. works fine. charging at 14.5 volts .dont know how long it will last????? Do you?
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Does intermittent starting difficulty indicate alternator or starter?

Tl;dr: Car is having trouble starting, and I'm wondering how to determine if it's the alternator or the starter. I don't experience the longer turn over times of a typical starter malfunction, but I ...
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Citroen C2 Alternator

Please if someone could help me ill really appreciate it. I've got a Citroen C2 the Bendix of the starter was completely worn so we purchased a new starter and put it in. At first it started. Once ...
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Rover 25 - My battery light starts flickering on/off on the dashboard

My girlfriend noticed this yesterday and thought it was odd, it stopped but started happening again this morning on my way to work, I think its a V plate.... "as I’m driving along my battery light ...
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Changed alternator in '05 Altima, now it won't start

The alternator went bad a couple of months ago. I replaced it and the car started and ran fine. During a road trip on Tuesday, the battery and brake dummy lights flashed intermittently and eventually ...
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Car won't start - replaced alternator - didn't help

I have a 5-6 years old Mazda 6 2010, 2.5L engine. My car simply won't start. I had this issue yesterday, so I called roadside assistance and they were able to jump start my car. I drove straight to ...
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Is it safe to charge two batteries off of one alternator?

Right now I have a 3000 Watt invertor wired to a 100ah sealed deep cell battery that I trickle charge at night. My plan is to run #6 wire from the battery in the engine to the spare battery so the ...
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Battery light comes on after starting the car. How big of a problem is this?

On my way to work this morning, the battery light came on. I would say it was about 2-3 minutes after I started the car. My drive to work is only a 10 minutes drive, and the light was on the whole ...
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2004 Nissan Altima with new alternator won't accelerate, but will rev in neutral. No power in car.

Hey internet mechanics! I replaced my alternator yesterday because it was faulty (pulling a charge from my battery and killing it every night while car was off). After installing the new alternator, ...
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Installed new alternator, now no power

I just put a new alternator on my 76 Winnebago motor home yesterday and it started just fine two times and now I have no power at all. No head lights, no cigarette lighter, nothing. Tested the ...
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Alternator voltage range

I'm just trying to figure out the normal operating range of an alternator. The best I've found is: http://www.f150online.com/forums/electrical-systems/469058-alternator-high-voltage-15-3v.html ...
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Engine Mounts issue can be caused by replacing Alternator?

My mechanic recently replaced the alternator on my 2007 Toyota Camry. When he returned the car to me he said that my motor mounts need to be replaced. Now I notice a vibration at idle. I am not a ...
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Battery/alternator on 99 Chevy Prizm?

My car was running fine (no lights/warnings). The next day I tried to start it and it was completely dead not even a click sound like normal battery is going bad kind of thing. After I got it jumped ...
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Alternator, Battery, or Fluke?

While we were out running errands yesterday, our car failed to start after a half hour stop at one of our destinations. The first attempt to start the car resulted in nothing but a rapid clicking ...
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Typical voltage drop when air con, radio, lights, etc. in use

Imagine the engine/alternator are running and the battery voltage is 14V. If I now turn on the air conditioner, radio, headlights, seat warmer, cigarette lighter, should I now expect the voltage to ...
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Can a bad battery damage voltage regulator?

I have a '91 Ford Sierra Saphire 2.0 OHC (pinto). Have been struggling with having no charge for weeks now. I've tried two different alternators, had one of them completely rebuilt by a professional, ...
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1998 BMW 318is excessive current draw - possible starter issue

My 1997 BMW 318is started making a whirring noise that varies with engine speed, and an electrical burning smell after driving, and the battery goes flat very quickly. I measured the current draw ...
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Alternator/Battery power question

Good Afternoon, I have a 2014 Ford Focus SE that i use as my Work Vehicle. I work in Emergency Roadside Assistance. I have to run a laptop In the car in order to direct calls to other employees and ...
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Chevy Malibu 2009 won't start

I have a 2009 Malibu, yesterday I was heading back from school, then I started hearing a bizare sound like a whining sound, 2 minutes afterwards the engine stopped. When I got off to check under the ...
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Car stalled and restarted after some minutes

I have a very old car which uses mechanical transmission (Maruti Zen) Recently while driving on the road, I switched off the engine because of heavy still traffic. I forgot to turn off the head ...
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Car won't start but all power works [closed]

I have a 2005 GMC Envoy. It will not turnover or click but all power and lights work. I can hear the fuel pump kick in. When I turn the key nothing happens. I touched the starter with a screwdriver &...
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battery and alternator problems, 2003 olds alero

I had a battery fail in my 2003 olds alero (6 cyl), replaced it, then my alternator failed (bosch), replaced that now the new alternator failed after 2 days why?
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Why did replacing the battery eliminate these symptoms?

I have a 2006 Honda Civic SI. It was slow to crank when starting up, and while driving, electrical systems progressively got worse (radio would turn off and on, power steering would stop, and then ...
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Is any power from the alternator 'free'?

Cars generally (and specifically a Honda Accord 2002) are not very energy-efficient. Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? ...
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What is the correct/factory wiring for a Suburban 1998 battery/alternator?

I have included a picture showing what I have now on this Suburban. Note that there is wiring not shown in the picture which is a second electrical connection to the positive side of the battery ...
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Toyota Celica battery light on but alternator appears okay on visual/auditory inspection

Today the battery light decided to rear its head on my Celica. I know this normally points to the alternator, but given that I just replaced a bad alternator in my Chrystler, I can tell what a bad ...
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2009 Aveo electrical problem

I have a 2009 Chevrolet Aveo that I bought new from the dealer. Today I was running errands around town and just as I was about the get on the highway to head home, the battery light and emergency ...
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98 Tiburon won't start and doesn't make a noise

I have a 98 hyundai tiburon. recently the battery light went on when I was driving. the next day my girlfriend left the headlights on and the battery died. We tried to jump it with no luck. I got the ...
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Why would turning on the A/C affect my alternator output voltage?

So yet another chapter unfolds in the A/C gremlin saga of my LS1 Chevy. Backdrop A/C compressor is relatively new (2 years old) One of the belts is squeaking (not sure which one) Recently performed ...
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Clicking sound when trying to use electronics in my car

I own Toyota Avensis 2001 D4D 2.0 estate. Here is the problem: https://www.dropbox.com/s/ury2rt9wct6dasz/2014-08-18%2017.25.46.mp4 When I am trying to start it - it wont even turn the starter, ...
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Alternator vs Battery

I hadn't used my car in a week. Normally it always starts. Then one day after one week it didn't start. I got a jump from my neighbor and i was able to drive around for more than 20 minutes. I stopped ...
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2002 Hyundai Accent not charging battery

Hyundai Accent battery will not charge. Had battery tested, bad, replaced. Had alternator tested, bad, replaced. I installed the alternator myself, from what I remember it was connected by two plugs, ...
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Battery dash light comes on when starting car then disappears while driving

2002 Honda Civic EX here. When I start my car, my battery dash light has been staying on usually until I get onto the highway, then it will turn off. If I hit a stop sign or red light, then it'll ...
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Please advise on check gauges light on and battery gauge reads zero

Saw this thread while investigating what sounds like the same problem with my jeep. The check gauge light came on and my battery gauge bottomed out. But weird thing is, it ran fine. I drove it a few ...
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When is a magneto more efficient than an alternator?

A magneto is device similar to an alternator for creating electrical energy. Many small gas engines, including several road worthy motorcycles, use them to generate electrical energy. They can be ...
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How to replace an alternator?

I've got an '05 Mazda 3 SP 2.3 and my question is how do I replace my alternator? My situation is pretty much the exact same as described on this site: http://www.mazda3club.com/showthread.php?t=...
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Battery running flat on a regular basis

I drive a Vauxhall/Opel Astra Mk5 1.8l SRi, registered in 2004. For 2/3 months now I've been having to keep a spare battery in the car as the car battery is running flat. My first thought was that ...
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How long should fusible links be?

I've installed a 12" fusible link as a replacement for a fusible link on the line that charges the battery from the alternator. I showed the OEM part to the guy at the parts store and he gave me a 12" ...
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Juddering under load

My 2001 Ford Focus judders when idle, and is most seen under load. The rev counter goes from roughly 500rpm to 1500rpm during this juddering cycle, as if it is "hunting" for the correct place to be. ...
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Specs for a Toyota Avalon 97 Alternator?

So I was told during a check-up at a Jiffy Lube oil change that their analysis turned up a failed alternator giving 12.1V. Given that Jiffy Lube doesn't replace parts and thus gains nothing if I do, I ...
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Is rebuilding an alternator a DIY project?

I'd like a high performance alternator similar to one of these. Is it possible to rebuild a stock alternator to similar output, using majority of tools one would have at a home garage? Of course one ...