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Old 02-07-2015, 02:09 PM   #21
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Sorry jfoj, it's my first car relatively. And I'm constantly learning. As for yesterday I could not get the belt off. I'll be trying to get it off today and go from there.
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Old 02-07-2015, 03:59 PM   #22
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Why are you removing the alternator if you do not now it is bad, get the battery charged up and you can test the alternator on the car.
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Old 02-09-2015, 01:28 AM   #23
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Like I said earlier, I did, I jump started the car, unhooked the battery and it died shortly after. Hence the alternator was not giving enough charge. I took the alternator off yesterday, got it tested, and it was only charging 11v. I then picked up my new one and put it on this morning and now its charging again. Problem solved, thanks to all the people that helped me out.

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Old 02-09-2015, 02:04 AM   #24
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Good to hear you got it sorted out.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:08 AM   #25
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Yup the old 323 is up and running again. Now I just have to replace brake pads, ebrake and lines. Then comes wheels, tires and coilovers.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:20 AM   #26
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Like I said earlier, I did, I jump started the car, unhooked the battery and it died shortly after. Hence the alternator was not giving enough charge.
Nope. That means you blew up a perfectly good alternator. Can't unhook the battery like that with the car running.
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Old 02-09-2015, 02:43 AM   #27
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Nope. That means you blew up a perfectly good alternator. Can't unhook the battery like that with the car running.
He was jump starting the car. He removed the jumper cables and the car died before he could get the meter across his battery to read the alternator output voltage.

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Old 02-09-2015, 06:16 AM   #28
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Like I said earlier, I did, I jump started the car, unhooked the battery and it died shortly after. Hence the alternator was not giving enough charge. I took the alternator off yesterday, got it tested, and it was only charging 11v. I then picked up my new one and put it on this morning and now its charging again. Problem solved, thanks to all the people that helped me out.
In the future, DO NOT disconnect the battery cable when the engine is running on these or newer cars. This test went out in the 70's and you were lucky there was not damage done to modules and electronics in the car.

Buy yourself a cheap Voltmeter, you NEED one for for your tool box along with then OBDII smart phone App and interface for $30 or less.
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