knotnook at traverse.com
Mon Mar 25 22:30:07 EST 2002
Just thought I'd note a couple of observations I've made since I resolved
my charging problems through having a fried alternator rebuilt.
First thing that happened when I drove the car after reinstalling the
alternator was the HVAC blower came on by itself. Through most of this
winter, I've been relying on Ingo's trick of opening a window briefly at
~50 mph to "kickstart" the blower. I have a new blower motor on hand for
replacement, but haven't wanted to tackle that project in the dead of
winter. Anyway, the improved electric output from the renewed alternator
seems to have helped the motor start on its own. I'm guessing the blower
motor still is in poor condition.
Prior to the alternator puking, I'd noticed the rear window defrost switch
didn't want to stay on while the car was cold. I figured it was gummed up
inside and needed cleaning because it worked OK after the cabin was warmed
up some. Now, however, it operates right away, so, again, I'm guessing the
poor electric output caused some of this problem too.
Finally, I noticed several times this winter that when I turned on the
lights, the directional signal arrows would glow slightly. I slap of the
dashboard would turn them off. I figure it's that solder joint on the IC
that needs attention. I've not seen this in the weeks since the alternator
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