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Old 12-05-2012, 08:35 PM   #30
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Originally Posted by greydart View Post
Quick update:

Ordered a new alternator before removing the old one. Removed the old one and had it bench tested. It tested fine at Advance Auto.

I read in some other thread a member had his alt. tested by 3 places, all of them saying it was good, so he replaced it anyway and his issue was fixed.

I did the same thing and the car has been running fine for a week now. The problem might have been the VR but there's peace of mind in knowing I shouldn't have to worry about the alt. for quite some time.
I bought 2 alternators when I was having issues. Even after installing both of them I was still having the same problem. I had my uncle take it to a trusted indie (I was overseas at the time) who determined it was a short. He fixed it and it hasn't been a problem since. You might want to invest in that P.A Software. After I received mine, I checked to see what stored codes I had, and I saw "taillight short circuit"(or something like that) listed.

Best of luck OP, I hope the new alt fixes it.

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