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My alternator failed with exact same symptoms last winter. Loud whining
noise (rpm dependent), warning lamp flashing and headlights dimming at
idle. The local electric shop repaired it cheap. I don't know much (
ok,ok - I know nothing ;-) about alternators, so I won't tell you what
they exactly did, but as far as I remeber they had to rewire it.
87 Audi 5000CS turbo (mine)
88 Renault Medallion wagon (mom's)
91 mountain bike (just in case both cars broke at the same time :-)
> -----Original Message-----
> From: DGraber460@aol.com [SMTP:DGraber460@aol.com]
> Sent: Monday, September 29, 1997 9:17 PM
> To: Quattro@coimbra.ans.net
> Subject: alternator
> My '91 100 (non quattro) started making a moaning noise similar to an
> overworked hydraulic pump. I also smelled something hot (like
> hot). The alternator light apeared on and off as the noise would get
> or softer. The engine would seem to pull under load as the noise would
> also. Under the hood, the alternator seemed to be the source of the
> Not the hydaulic pump (hyd fluid level OK). I will be checking tonite
> by removing the alt. belt and check result.
> Anyone BTDT or similar experience? I have only known alternators to
> bearings and give a completely different sound or stop charging. No
> earlier symptoms, although is wifes car so no _reported_ symptoms.
> source for replacement alternators? What is a good price for rebuilt?
> Dennis Graber
> 91 100
> 85 CGT
> 96 LT4 Vette