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Old 07-09-2003, 11:40 PM
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What the hell???

I just got my car back on the road last week. ( New motor ) I was driving on the freeway tonight and the lights started to flicker, then they got really bright. Then they went out. I pulled over to find my wire leaving my alternator super hot. And my alternator was really hot. ( I have one wire alt ).

And now my lights will not come on at all?? What would make the alt wire super hot?? Is a bad voltage reg sound like the problem? And could the alt going bad have blown my bulbs on my headlight that fast...... ( 1966 Impala. Two high beams. Two low beams ) Can an alternator be checked out of the car at local auto parts shop???

And I recently mounted my battering in the trunk. I did not change any of the wiring that was already there. But I do not really notice where my alternator wire is going for the alternator. I have one wire that goes to the battery, but that wire is for the ignition. Maybe the alternator was wired into the same wire that comes into my ignition from the battery? What I am trying to ask is would that actually work?

Thanks for the help.......


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Old 07-11-2003, 11:48 AM
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It sounds like your voltage regulator.This recently happened to my Datsun. When it happened it looked like the paparatzi arived. (flash bulbs) Every light in the car burned out within a couple seconds. (not fun on a dark country road) IT even took out the annoying safety buzzers.(good thing) A new alt. and $50 in bulbs later I was back on the road. Most parts stores can test your alt to see if this the problem. Make sure you tell them what problem you are having.Because when tested the alt will show its making power. Too much power.
Good luck Dawger
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Old 07-12-2003, 11:53 PM
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right on

Thanks Dawger...... I had the alt checked at Kragen. It was bad so I purchased a rebuild kit for $14.00 and the alt is like new again.

Yeah my headlights where brighter than I had ever seen them right before they went out........ It was one dark ride home...... Ha Ha.......

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