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Old 12-12-2012, 09:31 PM   #12
Fragger
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Join Date: Feb 2012
Location: Northeast, USA
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My Ride: 2004 BMW M3
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Originally Posted by SATX_E46 View Post
Sounds like the alternator, many times I have seen this happen, not just on e46s

People replace the battery, but that was already toast but holding enough charge to start you up and run for time while in the end both were bad, alternator and battery is something I've recommended to be changed at the same time. The alternator is probably oem in your car so it wouldn't hurt to change it.
That's sad news, SATX... do you (or anyone here) know of a DEFINITIVE test for if it's the alternator or the battery failing? I need to know so I can order the appropriate parts...

Also, no chance in heck, that anyone here in Delaware would know how to install a new alternator, would they? I don't have tools, nor a garage/space to do it myself ...
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