If it ain't problem enough I got to work on my car I have to blow the
whole day with mothers car now.
She was headed to the mall today, In the Left turn lane the car started
bucking & chugging, but she was able to make it into the parking lot.
After shutting the car off the car wouldn't restart.
Remanufactured Starter installed July 2004.
So she calls me up and I go there with the tools. I try starting it and
click click click click it goes. Give the starter a few taps with the
Pontiac Wrench ( ball pean ammerhay ). Hit the key, more clicks.
Put a small volt meter on the battery terminals it reads 10.9 volts. Not
really being up on volts I figure 10.9 should start a car but maybe not
at 28 degrees - even though its a 1000 amp 900CCA Die Hard.
The battery was installed in 2001 and has barely 6000 miles use on it.
Theres a Sears at the mall so i remove the Battery, drive it around to
Sears in my car. The little gurl behind the counter tests it & says its
bad, you need a new one.
Another machine is used, one that put a load on the battery. If its good
the machine will kick into a charge mode, but if its bad a red light
lights up. We got the Red Light.
So its prorated & a replacement battery of the same type is sold to us
Drive back to the Cadillac parked by Carson Piere Scott, Mother goes in
the mall to return something, while I drop the battery in.
Hook it up, sit down turn the key and the starter grinds, I back off on
the key, hit it a second time and it fires right up.
All sounds good, - HELLO ! There's the red " No Charge " light glowing
in the warning light panel.
Mother comes out of the mall. I tell her its running, but the Alternator
light is on. I ask was it on today? Yeah I think so. Was it on Monday?
Hmm maybe ?
I drove the car Sunday about 15 miles to get a ( real ) Christmas tree
and there was no light and no starting problems.
One problem is the warning lights are not in the gauge cluster. There
set in the top of the Instrument Panel cover and light up through a wood
grain panel, there quite hard to see if only dimly lit, but this one was
on full brightness.
So I tell her to drive it home ( about 4 miles ), I'll follow. We get
home okay. Start looking for the alternator receipt & discover its MIA (
missing in action ). I figure I put an alternator in in 1997 or 1998.
So 6-7 years old I'm guessing. Remove the ALT and I bring it to Autozone
to have them test it. They said its bad, but don't know what inside is
Last time I had one tested somewhere they told me what part inside
failed. I guess the new machine just tells you good or bad.
100 amp Alternator on order.
1991 Pontiac Bonneville LE
3800 V6 ( C ), Black/Slate Grey
~~~The Former Fleet ~~~
89 Cavalier Z 24 convertible
78 Holiday 88 coupe
68 LeSabre convertible
73 Impala sedan