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02 Chevy prizm The alternator bench tested good as does the battery. When regulator harness is plugged in and battery disconnected the car dies, unplug the harness and car will continue to run.

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SOURCE: New alternator and battery battery light stays on and car dies

Have you checked the alternator fuse? The regulator needs power from the fuse to turn on the alternator. The old alternator could have blown the fuse.

Posted on Apr 02, 2009

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SOURCE: possible voltage regulator problem on alternator

Disconnect the battery, disconnect the red wire on the alternator stud, disconnect the (2) wire connector on the alternator. Reconnect the battery, turn the ignition to the run position, check both red wires and the brown at the alternator and make sure there is voltage on all wires.
Per your description, I believe you will not have voltage on one or both of the large red wires.
Let me know.

Posted on May 09, 2009


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your alternator is bad still don't buy reconditioned buy a new one you have better luck

Posted on Jul 26, 2009


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SOURCE: 2003 Hyundai Elantra alternator will not charge

If you have replaced the alternator and the battery has been checked and showed to be in good working condition then the only thing left is either a bad fusable link or cable (negative or psitive) going from battery to engine. You should inspect these cables and there connections. Corrosion on these connections can cause these problems. You also mention that the alternator will not keep car running. It should when you disconnect the negative battery cable while the engine is running.If all connections and cables are good and you haven't replaced alternator then you should do so.

Posted on Apr 28, 2010

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SOURCE: Daughter called me wont

it sounds like you have blown fuse to the Alternator.. I don't know what car you are talking about but they charging systems vary.. But if alternator isn't getting all the power it needs it won't charge. this should be checked.

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  1. Start the engine and allow it to reach operating temperature.
  2. Connect a voltmeter between the positive and negative terminals of the battery.
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Many automotive parts stores have alternator bench testers available for use by customers. An alternator bench test is the most definite way to determine the condition of your alternator.


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See Figures 1 through 5

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable, for safety purposes.
  2. Remove the right side splash guard from under the vehicle.
  3. Disconnect the alternator lead wires and connections. Label them if you are unsure of their locations.

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Fig. Fig. 1: The large positive lead connection is protected by a rubber boot

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Fig. Fig. 2: Make sure the alternator ground wire is also removed

  1. Loosen the drive belt adjusting bolt and slip the belt off the pulley.
  2. Remove the lower adjustment bolt, followed by the upper pivot bolt.

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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the lower adjustment bolt ...

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Fig. Fig. 4: ... followed by the upper pivot bolt. Make sure you support the alternator

  1. Lower the alternator from the vehicle.

To install:
  1. Using a C-clamp and a socket, push the upper pivot bushing back in it's bore until it bottoms out.

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Fig. Fig. 5: Using a C-clamp to push in the pivot bushing will make installation easier

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