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Old 04-01-2004, 07:26 AM
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alternator belt

i have a question about my 4.3 85 monte carlo. i bought a new alternator, a new battery and a new alternator belt. the problem is ive gone through 3 or 4 belts already because they keep snapping! ive tried loosening them but if i do my voltage drops real low and it dies. another thing is my battery gauge will be steady at 13 then jump to about 16/17 then slowly fall back down to 13 and when i turn my lights on the gauge drops to about 9. i know yours lights will drain power but that much?!?! someone please help.

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Old 04-01-2004, 08:08 AM
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Regulator or a bad ground. Belts braking comes from to tight or misalignment.
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well i now its not to tight so it must be aligned badly but it looks ok to me is there anyway i can make sure its aligned correctly? and where would be the most common ground or regulator that i should check?
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the voltage regulator is usually found on the wheel well or in the front of the car near the headlights usually a small metal box about the size of a pack of cigarettes but thicker.if u have a chiltons or haynes manual for youre car it should tell you more about where it is because it may be on the firewall on youre model
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i thought it was already in the alternator?
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