Date: Sat, 28 Jul 2001 07:15:58 -0700
From: Kimo Saaby <>
Subject: Re: Electrical problem?!

Look at the wires going to and around the alternator. Sometimes a wire will get disconnected - especially if somebody was doing an oil filter change. Sometimes the connectors will just vibrate off. Check that. No? Then charge the battery & just take it to an auto electrical joint. They can toss a gizmo on it to see if it's charging. Sometimes the alt. can be rebuilt with new inserts. OR.... get a used one. I did. $25. Brian Ladd -- 1983 Saab 900 Turbo Barry wrote: > I was off to run an errand in my '86 900T this evening and something > very strange happened. First off, my car started without a problem. As > I was driving away I turned on my AC. Shortly thereafter, it started to > rain. I went to turn on my windshield wipers and noticed that they went > very, very slow across the windshield. I also noticed that my vent fan > was running slower than normal. Things proceeded to get worse and worse. > I eventually limped it home by turning off all possible electrical > devices I could and went without turn signals because the car would > almost stall when they blinked. I was able to get it home. After > shutting it off for a few seconds, I tried to start it again. Dead. > Nothing. What should I look at first? I currently am charging the > battery but I am afraid the alternator may be dead. > The battery warning light never came on though. I am hoping for a > simple fix like getting a new battery or fuse somewhere but I don't > think that'll do it. It drove great coming home from work today. Any > other thoughts? > > Barry

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