Date: Sun, 9 Feb 2003 15:14:49 +0100
From: "Simon Putz" <>
Subject: Re: Alternator going?

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

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