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Alternator seems to be dying 1999 Subaru outbackHot alternator low volts on alternator car dying 1999 subaru outback
Posted 28 February 2014 - 02:06 PM
Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:41 PM
You seem to have answered your own question.
Was this a new or rebuilt unit?
You can have the whole charging system checked for free at most chain auto parts stores.
Posted 28 February 2014 - 03:54 PM
draw a line across the crank pulley - run car. if the line separates your crank pulley is failing and the the smell is the rubber ring burning and the low voltage is the outer ring not turning as fast as the crank and therefore low output from alt.
alternaftermarket alternators suck.
www.car-parts.com get a used one (or two)
or Subaru has remanned alts for $60-$70 for 1996 legacys that fit your car.
Edited by grossgary, 28 February 2014 - 03:55 PM.
Posted 28 February 2014 - 04:06 PM
Posted 28 February 2014 - 08:00 PM
+1 on suspected alternator trouble. Since you bought the alternator back in 8/13, you should have a warranty with the sale. If bought from a car parts store, a counter person will come out to the parking lot with test equipment to test your charging system at no cost. You can easily learn if battery or alternator, or both are bad.
The nice thing, is that swapping in an alternator in a Subie is easy work.
Posted 28 February 2014 - 11:31 PM
I went through 3 alternators before buying the Subaru re-manufactured one... no problems since.
Posted 01 March 2014 - 12:33 AM
Posted 01 March 2014 - 09:03 AM
Hope the replacement alternator holds up. Enjoy your Subie!!
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