Date: 1 Jul 2004 12:19:57 GMT
From: Dave Hinz <>
Subject: Re: New to saab, sucks so far.

On Wed, 30 Jun 2004 21:15:16 -0400, Gemini Jackson <> wrote: > On 1 Jul 2004 00:54:46 GMT, Dave Hinz <> wrote: >> >>Replacing the alternator at this point is premature, for reasons several >>of us have tried to educate you on. > > And many thanks for that. However I have not shared the additional > battery testing, ground checking, throwing a meter on everything, > disconnecting battery while running, cleaning connections, etc that > I've done in trying (with my limited knowledge) to determine the > problem. You're right, you haven't. Please go read this article, it'll help you to communicate more effectively in this sort of a forum. It's more directed to software develepment types, but the communication hints apply no matter what the topic is: "How to ask questions the smart way" - Among other things, gives examples of what does, and doesn't work. Hopefully you'll read it instead of taking this suggestion as a slam of some sort. > Brought my bro-in-law (mercedes mechanic) over to help, he > thought it was probably the alternator too. It looks like the > alternator to me. you may still be right, but it's not exactly > correct to call it 'premature'. Is the voltage regulator built into this alternator? Do you know the regulator isn't the problem? If it's the problem, even if it's in the alternator, it can be replaced separately without having to go through the hassle of removing the alternator. > And seriously, by all means, share > any thoughts or suggestions. Taking it in for a professional > diagnosis is a last resort. I am more than open to anything I > haven't tried. Well, replacing the alternator might very well take care of the problem, because the problem could be the rectifiers _in_ the alternator, or the voltage regulator which I think is _in_ the alternator, but those parts could be replaced by themselves for much, much less expense and hassle than the whole unit. It's not quite as bad as replacing the whole engine because the spark plugs are bad, but it's about the same thing.

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