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Old 12-11-2006, 07:09 AM   #1
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Default Time for new alternator I assume...

For the last year, noticed that my light were dimming slightly while idling. Then lately, all my electrical such as wipers would slow down as I would slow down as well.

Today, my radio turned off as my rpm went down, and back on as my rpm went up while idle or running.

Turned my car off, and it would not start again.

My battery is exactly 1 year old (a 5 year warranty one).

AM I correct in assuming time for a new alternator ?

BTW,

93 Legacy 4WD wagon, 5 speed, no air.

Thanks

JF
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:23 AM   #2
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Sounds like that's the case to me. Are you over 150k miles?
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Old 12-11-2006, 07:54 AM   #3
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Around 200 000 miles !
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Old 12-11-2006, 08:41 AM   #4
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Do you have a multimeter?

It’s easy to test. Throw the meter on the battery with the car off, voltage should read around 12 volts. Take this number as a baseline. Start the car, measure voltage at the battery again, should be in the 14 range showing a charge from the alternator. If there’s no increase from the baseline then your alternator is not providing sufficient power.
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Old 12-11-2006, 09:48 AM   #5
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Wow, yeah you're due. While you're at it, you might as well replace your positive and ground battery wires.
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:01 PM   #6
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I just did a alternator on my '97 Outback, and believe it or not, a Genuine Subaru Reman was far cheaper than aftermarket remans. Like $78 compared to over $170 for the aftermarket units I'd priced. They're incredibly easy to replace, so I did mine myself, don't know what labor charges would be to install one.....
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:04 PM   #7
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Where did you buy it from ?
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Old 12-11-2006, 10:12 PM   #8
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I got mine from my local dealer, Calkins Subaru in Lewistown, Pa.
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