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I have a 2001 Sl Saturn that i cant get power to alternator

The starter just went out and i replaced it and when i got on the road the battery light came on and my car eventually died when i got to the gas station. the battery was dead when i checked replaced the battery and when checked the voltage while it was running and it said 12.1 and it should be around 14 if the alternator is working correctly right? I think that I probably put the wires in the wrong order on the solenoid if i just had the correct order for the wires it would be a huge help.

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  • skyler_pruit Feb 01, 2009

    okwill go try! ty

  • skyler_pruit Feb 04, 2009

    the belt tensioner is an automatic dealie and the problem was that i had a fuselink wire that apparently quit letting current flow through. the wire was running from the solenoid to the alternator.Thank You

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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!

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    Travis Humphries Feb 01, 2009

    No Problem! Happy to Help!

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