Date: Mon, 10 Feb 2003 20:08:38 +0100
From: Richard Sutherland-Smith <>
Subject: Re: Alternator going?

In message <b25noe$a4k$07$> "Simon Putz" <> wrote: > Hi, > > > > > > I'm a car novice but my first guess would be the brushes. Does that > > > sound probable to you? I've heard they're pretty tricky to replace so > > > should I try obtaining another voltage regulator and replace it all > > > together? Also, what are the most reasonable places to do tests in > > > order to isolate the possible fault? > > i had the same problem, my alternator was also kinda fading and then stopped > charging/providing current completely, so i replaced the regulator ( i dont > know where the brushes should be ?!?!) > and the old one was really worn, but it didnt help at all. i was told that > some diodes must be broken. > i didnt find a broken cable or anything but have to admit that i didnt check > too much either as im working full > time and i just didnt find and find any time to do it. couldnt source a > alternator for less than 290 euros but i guess thats > okay for a 80A model, speedparts has them for around 200 euros tho and im > waiting already 5 days for the part so it might > have been worth it. given the quote of 30mins to 1 hour for the work im not > gonna fiddle around back there myself ;) tight > enough to get the regulator out. > > bye > > simon > > I took my 900 alternator into an auto-electrician. New brushes and bearings for NZ$ 60 - good as new. That's about US$ 35. I leave the specialists to do the dirty work for that price. -- Richard & Mary Sutherland-Smith SAAB RiscOS Fox Terrier

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