Tonight while driving I accelerated and without notice my idiot light
for the battery went on and all the lighting went super bright. I
released the pedal but before the rpm could settle down both high
beams blew out. Also the airbag light stated blinking a few times then
quit doing it. I noticed if I went with keeping the rpm's down I got
it home without more problems. The 3.8L has 145,000 on it so I can
only think that the alternator/regulator took a dump. Is there a
external regulator on this engine?
94 Taurus GL Wagon 3.8L
Also is there anything else I should check that may cause this to
happen, so one doesn't have a repeat?
THats very rare.... COULD conceivable be another problem associated but your
alt is gone....
If it hasnt been replaced before, the brushes are about worn out too... so
might as well replace it all.
The unit has an external regulator. I pulled it apart today. Brushes
worn but still plenty of life left in them. The commentator has some
grooving in it. .010 - .020 by my guess. While I could just maybe get
away with replacing the regulator, my fear would be something else
wrong with the unit, thus replacing just the regulator will only
result in a bigger bill. With winter coming I don't need it coming
back to haunt me. Considering the mileage, I'm going to go just
replace the whole unit.
On 10 Nov 2003 08:03:34 -0800, scott firstname.lastname@example.org (Childfree
I hear you there. I just got me a alternator with lifetime
replacement warranty. If this one went almost 10 years, It should be
the last this car sees. It least it was easier to replace then those
motor mounts. grrrrrrrr
If you bought the "new" one at Pep Boys or Autozone, or another
similiar such place then your car will definately outlast the "new"
The best replacement alternator I ever bought was from a junkyard. It
already had 90,000 miles on it and was one year older than my car. It
was still working when I got rid of the car at 160,000 miles. The
NAPA alternator that the car had was probably the second best. The
Pep Boys/Autozone/Western Auto types last anywhere from 30 seconds to
Interesting views. My starter just went out on my 93. It was changed just
before i bought the car. maybe 10K miles on it. It just failed. Pulled it
it was a Napa rebuild. The solenoid's end was loose. I pulled one off my
donor (160K), and away we went. It looks like the solenoids NAPA's
rebuilders were using were not up to snuff.
I have kind of heard of mixed views on the groups about rebuilt
alternators. It would be an interesting survey to find out whose held up
and whose did not.
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