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Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 6:46 pm
by Derek
it was the alt....:)


got to work almost fine this morning...car started right up...all the lights still on...even the parking brake light...which is weird...cuz i don't think i've ever even engaged the parking brake :) had to stop at a red light.....starting chugging like a mf'er.

got to work...called dad..."hey...buy me an alternator."

ok.

take lunch early....so i can go put it in....

car won't start :)

click click click click click.

F.

dad comes out after work...we get battery...we put it in car....so i can at least drive it to their house. drive.....take out old alt....put new one in....lights all go bye bye...windows roll up and down again :)

i'm excited....$90 alt.....$50 battery....and i'm golden.

this weekend.

u joints...and ripping off the heat shield over my cat....rattling *** piece of ****.

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 7:17 pm
by KU40
nice job. where'd you find the alt so cheap?

and yeah, I hate those heat shields. my dad's expedition had a rattle in it as well. my muffler developed a small hole but it was under the heat shield so I couldn't just put a patch on it. so I figured if I was taking the muffler off, may as well just put a new one back on. they're cheap enough with my discounts.

Posted: Tue May 01, 2007 8:26 pm
by John
My previous post was directed at Derek, not you Flak...

flak_monkey wrote:With that in mind, and not to hijack Derek's thread, do you think a dying alt could cause erratic idle (first too low, then too high) with cold starts? My car has been being a b*tch.


That can be many things, from spark plugs to pistons to some random thingy involved in controling your idle. It could just be the cold temp, but it all depends on the vehicle though. I'm guessing your car is fuel injected, so I wouldn't think cold would be the lone cause right off the bat...I would suspect piston or gasket trouble.

The old car I just took out of storage today started right up and ran perfectly right out of the garage and I've had no issues with it. Last fall, in cold weather, it idled rough in neutral and in drive it was dumping so much fuel in that I could get up to 55mph without even touching the gas pedal...Just because of the cold.

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 1:44 pm
by Derek
KU40 wrote:nice job. where'd you find the alt so cheap?

and yeah, I hate those heat shields. my dad's expedition had a rattle in it as well. my muffler developed a small hole but it was under the heat shield so I couldn't just put a patch on it. so I figured if I was taking the muffler off, may as well just put a new one back on. they're cheap enough with my discounts.


advanced auto....it was a remanufacture...but hey....she works....

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 3:21 pm
by flak_monkey
Derek wrote:advanced auto....it was a remanufacture...but hey....she works....

Does it have a nice warranty?

Posted: Thu May 03, 2007 8:25 pm
by Derek
f'ing lifetime warranty :)

Posted: Fri May 04, 2007 12:21 am
by KU40
good deal