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Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:03 PM
Has anyone else experienced this? The dealership can't 100% identify the problem and my car has been there 3 weeks. Does the alternator sound right? I buzzed out the wiring between the alternator and the switch/regulator and it all seemed good.
Any help is appreciated.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 03:38 PM
Your dealership mechanics are total IDIOTS or they just don`t care.
I`d get my car out of there.
What is the name of the dealership?
Buy a $10 multimeter and diagnose it yourself.
All the dash lights on is a classic sign of alternator diode failure.
The resulting AC voltage lights the lamps.
Your car was originaly equipped w/an electromechanical voltage reg.
Difficult to see how this would be damaged by AC from the alt.,but,I suppose it is possible.
Aftermarket reg. might be solid state.
AC may well damage this.
Check for AC voltage at the alternator output w/electrical system loaded,engine revved if you can start the car. Should be near zero.
(you will likely be able to start the car by hotwiring the fuel pump)
Have a look at the fusible links too.
They are wire like fuses near the battery.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 04:09 PM
The fusible links are fine - Checked those. I have the full schematic so I know it's something to do with the alternator now.
I replaced the alternator 10 years ago so I hope that the new alternator and new V/R will fix this. The system is so simple, but finding parts that are original now is very difficult.
Posted 29 December 2012 - 07:20 PM
If it is the engine just quits I bet it is the ignitor in the disty. These can work one minute and be dead the next. The car is old enough for it.
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Posted 30 December 2012 - 10:49 PM
Mine was running fine then nothing. No ignition or lights. Freaked me out but others mentioned the battery cables and sure enlighten they were so corroded they gave up conducting. Re-terminated the grounds and hot and she ran even better.
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