Question about 2005 Chrysler Town & Country
LED gauge usually reads one bar above the middle, but yesterday I noticed that it was reading just one to two bars into the normal range. the codes said 41. that is alternator field circuit is open or shorted. online i found advice that said to use a volt-meter and check a few wires coming off the alternator, but my mechanic says i need to replace my alternator, because the wires are inside of it. there's a new looking car like mine at the pick-n-pull. if i do need an alternator, do you think it's worth pulling that one? what should i do? I can buy a new alt for $140, but don't want to if it's not necessary. thanks!
I definitely agree with motor1258's suggestions, but from the trouble code you got, it sure sunds like an alternator replacement is in your future. If you have a voltmeter, and the battery has enough charge to start the vehicle, you can check the battery voltage with the vehicle off, then start the vehicle and check voltage at the battery terminals again. If the voltage readings are essentially equal, the alternator is not charging the battery. (Voltage at the battery posts with a good alternator should read around 14 volts.)
I would not pull a used alternator from a 14-year-old vehicle to use as a replacement, no matter how "new" the salvage vehicle looks. After all, you'd probably get a 14-year-old alternator.
Posted on Dec 31, 2008
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