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ok some of u guys might have read my post about my starter probs, and how i got them fixed, well today im drivin home from my girlfriends appt, about an hour away from home, and it was sputterin and actin weird, so i start checkin gauges, i got about 6 volts!!!! and it just stals out, right in the middle of the street so i get it moved into a parking lot, get it started back up once again and pulled the hot lead off the battery, and it stalled, making me think that my problem is my alternator, so i get a ride to the nearest advanced auto parts, and deal with some pimply faced kid who didnt know squat about cars, and paid 100 bucks for a crappy one year warranty alternator, so i put that on, still same thing, anyone have any idea at all as what could be doin this, this is an extreme emergency, i need to get my butt home



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You REALLY need to get a DMM (Digital Multimeter) or an analog one. SOMETHING to read what the ACTUAL voltage is on stuff. Your problem seems to jive with how your truck is acting but, gauges can/have been wrong... With the truck running, have someone turn on the lights. The voltage SHOULD be around 14-15 volts with the truck running. When the lights turn on, the voltage will drop for a split second and then should come back up to 14-15 volts. If it is under 13 volts, you have an undercharging condition present and I would suspect the alternator, bad connection or shorted wire somewhere. DOUBLE check ALL your wires on the battery and alternator to make sure they are good and tight. HTH's

EDIT: In case you didn't see my post in the electrical forum, DO NOT disconnect your battery while your truck is running!!! You WILL blow the diodes on the rectifier bridge and the alternator will be WASTED! You may also damage your ECM pulling this stunt also. HTH's

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yeah, i know i need my DMM but its at home, so i guess im gonna get up early tomorrow morning and find someplace around here that actually has a DMM and then start trouble shooting, where do u suggest i check my voltages at? the battery, or the alternator?

and another thing i dont get , she was PERFECT the whole way here last night, solid 14 volts, this truck is driving me friggin nuts

thanks for the help man

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wonbadass10, are you on AOL? If so, what's your AOL IM handle? If not, get on over to the "chat" on the forum...

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wonbadass10 said:
the handle is wonbadass10
On AOL IM? Added your handle and nothing...

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how old is your battery? I had a similar problem in my old S10 and found that my battery had shorted across the plates.... just a thought.

addition... don't put a new alt on with even just a partially charged battery... it WILL fry
 

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k, thanks for the advice man, i think i got her fixed, or at least to the point that i can start it and turn it off and start it back up, which is the most progress ive made in the past few days

thanks for all the input, u guys kick ass

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Glad to hear that you got it running :)! What was the problem?

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actually its not running, i HAD it running the other morning, went back that night to start it up and take it home and NOTHING, so we had to tow it home (harrisburg) from lancaster, there has to be an ignition/electrical problem, but for now im just gonna fix the camaro and say F(_)ck the S10

any suggestions would be nice

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didnt think i would find some one from my town on here (harrisburg) any way i have had this problem too but not with an s-10 mine was a monte carlo and the problem their was the positive battery cable was leaning on my headers causing it to melt and short to ground... this caused my battery to drain and the car to pop bang clang then die on the road... hope this helps

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this wire didnt happen to run from the hot post of the starter back up to the power block on the firewall did it?
 

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mine was the actual positive cable fromthe battery to the starter..... if the wire your talking about is melted that most likely is your problem... im not to good with electrical but if my mind servs me right the wire your talking about runs from the fire wall to the starter is the wire that carries current from the alt. you also may want to make sure that the wire connected to the back of the alt is tight make sure its not shorted to ground.
 

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cool thanks for the input man, im relaly considering just rippin that motor out and droppin a V8 and a T5 in place of it
that 2.8 is total SHIT

thanks again man

russ
 
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