knotnook at traverse.com
Tue Mar 5 17:00:00 EST 2002
My slush-induced alternator troubles continue:
I tightened a fairly loose belt (no thanks to whoever it was that chewed up
the teeth on the otherwise neat adjustment wheel thingy) till it deflects
2-3 mm with a little fingertip pressure, but still have battery, ABS off
and red brake warning lights showing, and alternator output still is sub-12
volts, according to the gauge on the dash. These are the same symptoms
that showed up after I drove through some really deep slush Saturday.
So, Bentley says I can check brush material, etc., with the alternator in
place. But it fails to illustrate how the plastic cover on the back is
held in place. I took out the three screws I could see, and can barely pry
up the bottom of the plastic cap. Is there a fourth screw I can't reach
without dropping the alternator out? Do I have to take off the bumper and
half the front of the car to get the vent tube off?
Also, I have no famous little blue wire. I have a really large wire that's
blue inside but has a black skin outside of that (the black skin is cracked
at the rigid fitting that disappears inside the cover I can't remove, so I
can see the bright blue inside). And I have a smaller (looks like 10- or
12-gauge wire) that also disappears behind the cover I can't remove. Would
the latter be a replacement for the little blue wire?
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