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Old 01-13-2013, 07:09 PM   #1
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changed alternator now gauge is off center?

I have a 2000 328i. I drove and my battery light came on. then would go off. then would flash...etc etc. I had this happen on a svt focus I previously owned, so i guessed it was the alternator.

I barely made it home before my car lost all life.
...uphill driveway .....

I swapped the alternator out, however my original was a bosch, and the new one is the Valeo. everything connected up fine, no issues.

Driving I've noticed my engine temp is to the left of center at most times. It's not directly at 90 deg. Is this directly related to the alternator swap or no? It's been a lot colder here in illinois so I'm wondering if that could be why
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:26 PM   #2
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I have a 2000 328i. I drove and my battery light came on. then would go off. then would flash...etc etc. I had this happen on a svt focus I previously owned, so i guessed it was the alternator.

I barely made it home before my car lost all life.
...uphill driveway .....

I swapped the alternator out, however my original was a bosch, and the new one is the Valeo. everything connected up fine, no issues.

Driving I've noticed my engine temp is to the left of center at most times. It's not directly at 90 deg. Is this directly related to the alternator swap or no? It's been a lot colder here in illinois so I'm wondering if that could be why
alternator has nothing to do with it.

thermostat is busted
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Old 01-13-2013, 07:29 PM   #3
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Probably just a coincidence, check the temperature of your coolant using the onboard check. http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=239619
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