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Sources for 95 Legacy alternator
Posted 26 December 2003 - 06:07 PM
Posted 26 December 2003 - 06:15 PM
Posted 27 December 2003 - 01:37 AM
Typically the brushes are the leading failure, followed by the voltage regulator. Voltage regulators are a common failure on Outacks with all of their optional electrical goodies such as heated seats. By plugging in other electical items and using high power aftermarket stereos many owners blow their voltage regulators.
On my 93 Legacy I knew the brushes and front bearing were gone so for $18 in parts I rebuilt it, but if you do not have the knowledge to diagnose and repair alternators the rebuild route is the best approach.
Since your alternator is not charging it is likely that either the brushes are worn out or the rectifier/voltage regulator has burned out. But your bearings are worn and the armature and commutator are nearing their mid life. So a rebuilt alternator with warranty is the best approach, even better if it includes the test certificate to prove that it produces the correct voltage and amperage at the correct RPM's.
Under $100 for a new alternator is the best deal you are likely to find.
Don't break electical system repair rule number one: Be sure to disconnect the negative battery terminal when working on the alternator, a friend of mine blew up his battery when his socket wrench grounded to the intake manifold. The wrench exploded causing shrapnel wounds and burns to his hands and arms, and he had acid burns on his face and eyes.
BTW: With sound systems over 300 watts RMS I recommend the use of a 1 farad capacitor. The capacitor will stabilize the load on the battery and alternator, preventing the frequent power surges during "bass hits" that are very damaging to the voltage regulator within the alternator.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 11:32 AM
The one you get from them is a Subaru approved reman alt (Subaru written on the box). No experience with them but I presume they are better than ordinary after market reman alternators.
Since my alt has not failed yet (but should in the not so distant future - 200,000 kilometers) I've not decided yet if I will return the core or take the time to rebuild it myself and keep in case of need in the future.
Posted 27 December 2003 - 09:00 PM
I checked with my local dealer and they wanted $450 for a new one and the local parts stores wanted from $200 to $350 for a rebuild. Thepartsbin.com wanted $154. So $96 for a Subaru approved rebuild sounds pretty darn good
Posted 29 December 2003 - 07:49 PM
EDIT: This is recall WXF-63 (Alternator Service)
I believe it applies to all 95-96 Legacy/Outback.
Posted 01 January 2004 - 04:13 AM
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