Question about 1996 Saturn SL
The battery light came on while i was driving and eventually died on the highway. what is the first step i should take to find the problem? THANKS
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
My '95 SL2 purchased new, ate 6 (SIX) alternators, that fantastic "27 patents" automatic transmission, two sets of front disks and finally dropped a rod cap at 56,700 miles of very civilized driving.
I 'sold' it to my youngest son for $1 as a hobby when he got bored with his Jeeps or to donate it to a fund-raising bashing contest.
Now, the reason the alternators die -
They are buried in the engine compartment and get hardly any natural cooling there and, I don't know what kind of stupid engineers GM employs these days, but that alternator at 105 amps rating must deliver up to 1200 watts of 12 volt power an d it is too small to effectively dissipate the 1200 watts of sheer heat it produces while doing it.
If you have any appliance that absorbs 1200 watts (10 amps at 120 VAC), just check to see how much heat that is and even if spread over a larger area and bulk of the alternator, you think that would be a good environment for the semiconductors that are used to make the DC and regulate it.
It's a absolutely insane design and convinced me to never, EVER buy another anything from GM!
Sorry to vent but it still irks me after over 4 years of trouble-free Subaru ownership.
I wish you luck.
Posted on Aug 07, 2008
Check your Belt Tensioner. If the Belt Tensioner is Not Holding the Belt Tight Enough The Alternator will not Charge the Battery Fully and Could Cause your Check Engine Light. Please Rate My Response! Thanks!
Posted on Feb 01, 2009
SOURCE: car dies while driving and
when u jump it ,, it will show on gauge that its charging ,but it sound like you have a BAD battery! replace it car should fire right up!! when this happens you should have you alternator tested!! just to make sure your charging system is working properely... hope i could help:)
Posted on Mar 02, 2011
Yes, your alternator is faulty based on your discription . However before young out and replace it, make sure all connections are hooked up good and alternator belt is tight. If you have a amp meter tester , you can test the out put. I bet 5 times a month I am helping customers with same problem. I can not believe these part places can not seem to build decent alternators and starters. This seems to be getting worse and worse over the years. I had one customer last year, that had to put on 3 before found one that actually worked. I would replace alternator( should be at least a min of 30 day warranty, if you just bought, but the require your bad one of course in trade. Thanks, hope this helped you. Mike from fixya
Posted on Sep 05, 2011
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