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charge, brake fluid, and stop dash lamps turned on?
Posted 22 September 2003 - 05:53 PM
Posted 22 September 2003 - 05:56 PM
Posted 22 September 2003 - 06:21 PM
Posted 22 September 2003 - 06:43 PM
if it is brake fluid related, maybe the ambience of the brake fluid light is lighting up the rest.
take your ride to auto zone and get a free charging test, of find a volt meter, the alt should be putting out a good 14 volts, 13 is too low, 15 is too much. that will single out voltage regulators
test your voltage at above idle
if autozone finds its a bad voltage regulator and tries to sell you one, just say "Thank You, i'll go get a junkyard alt off any 83-84 soob(excluding legacy, impreza).
cheaper that way.
Posted 22 September 2003 - 07:04 PM
What I notice is that the voltage according to the voltmeter in the dash looks normal until I hit 4000 rpms. When I get to about 4000 rpms and higher, the voltage is close to the 18 volt mark but not on it (like .5cm away). I don't think it goes any higher than that when I increase the rpms to more than 4000. Should I be worried?
I think the charge, brake fluid, and stop light are still on. Its hard to tell if the lights are on in the day. I will check them again when it gets dark.
Is it possible that the brake fluid light comes on when the brake pads need to be replaced. I know that my front brake pads are ready to be changed. Also the brake fluid looks dirty and may need to be changed.
What does the float look like? Is it that thing that is attached to the bottom of the cap?
My car is an 1987 EA82T Coupe.
Posted 22 September 2003 - 09:39 PM
Posted 22 September 2003 - 11:15 PM
Now that I think of it...I bet that lifetime warranty on the alterantor is good at any NAPA store. I can pull my alternator out of my car and take it to another NAPA store where they don't know me and I bet they will just hand me another one without questions. I think I will try that...
Posted 23 September 2003 - 12:51 AM
Posted 23 September 2003 - 10:31 AM
Even newer Subes are wired like this and produce the same sort of symptoms.
Mine died in a frenzy of burned diodes (at 170k miles) which made a distinct STINK! Funnily, when all the diodes burn the lights don't come on....
The new one I got turned out to be the wrong model and guess what? Those same three lights would be dimmer than the others with the key set to "On" but with the engine off. SO, when those three lights play up, the alternator is definitely to blame.
I see that you might have trouble convincing NAPA of this, but I think your try-another-shop idea is going to work.
(There is no light to indicate worn pads.)
Posted 23 September 2003 - 10:42 AM
It's the alternator. The alternator reads like it's charging, but it has a bad internal VR. When you change the alternator, your problems will disapear like Jimmy Hoffa.
If they're giving you problems about returning the alternator, talk to the manager (the customer is always right) and explain the situation. Don't talk to a counter person! I don't think most bench testers pick up the problem, because I dealt with the same issue.
Anyway, good luck!
Posted 26 September 2003 - 04:37 PM
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