|02-09-2004, 10:48 PM||#1|
Join Date: Dec 2003
Location: Rice Central, NJVehicle:
2000 Impreza 2.5 RS
I went to go get my factory battery changed (it's at least 4 years old seeing as that my MY00 RS was produced in late 1999) today. I took it to sears to pick up a diehard. The old battery was shot, so it was replaced. After installing the new battery, they ran a diagnostic on the charging system, and that's when I found out I had a problem. The sears diagnostic printout reads as follows:
Drain test OK
Vehicle started OK
Bad alternator waveform
I'm guessing that there's either a problem with the alternator itself, or with the wiring going from the alternator to the battery to recharge it.
Has anybody else had a problem like this? If so, how did you remedy it?
BTW, my car is no longer under the bumper to bumper 36k/3 year warranty. So taking it to the dealership to get a new alternator put in is probably out of the question. I don't have $400+ to spend on the part and an extra $150+ on the labor.
Give me some input, thanks.
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|02-10-2004, 12:19 AM||#2|
Join Date: Jul 2002
Location: San Diego, CAVehicle:
2003 Brocoma DCab
71 FJ40, 13 DRZ400SM
well, if your alt is indeed dead, then you would be running off your battery, which would not last long. if you have a DMM, put it across the battery, and check the voltage. it should be around 13-13 volts. then start the car, and let it idle, and retest it, it now should be around 13.8 to 14 volts. if it is not, then you probily need a new alt. and dont goto the dealer for that, just goto kragens or your local autoparts store (try to find one with a lifetime warentee) it should be aournd 100-200 bucks. take yours off, and install the new one.
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