Last year I posted on here about my brake and battery light flashing on my dash on my '02 Outback. Everyone said it was my alternator.
I took it to a shop and they confirmed and said my battery was bad too.
So, they installed a new battery and alternator for about $600.
Fast-forward to a couple weeks ago, my brake and battery light come on again, but don't flash. They just stay on.
I decided it might be a fluke and just continue driving it. Nothing seemed wrong.
Now, fast-forward to yesterday. I was driving from an appointment that was in a town about an hour away.
I noticed something was wrong when I put the car in first gear and the radio shut off.
I continued driving and notice my spedometer stopped working, basically everything stopped working.
I was still able to drive about 15 miles close to home until my powersteering went out and I lucky pulled into an offroad.
I looked under the hood to see what was wrong and found this:
Any idea what could cause this to happen? This is the positive wire that connects to the back of the alternator.
It appears to come from under the fuse relay box near the battery.
It completely got fried off!
So my questions are:
1) What could cause this to happen?
2) Does anyone have walk-through on how to install a new alternator.
3) What brand of alternator is the best? Should I get a re-manufactured or new one?
Edited by ibroad, 10 August 2013 - 09:28 AM.