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1994 Dodge colt is having alternator problems I think.

How do I know if the alternator is bad or good, I took the battery cable off while it was running and it shut off, does this mean that the alternator is no good, Please help

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    Dana Whitenect Feb 10, 2009

    Thank you that helped, so if its above 12.6 everything is good, I m I correct

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    Dana Whitenect Feb 11, 2009

    So does this mean that my alternator is good, I am getting between 13 and 14 volts at the battery, the info is good but I just want to know if my alternator is good if my battery is getting the proper voltage while its running, let me know thanks

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    Dana Whitenect Feb 11, 2009

    Thank you for the info again, I am just wondering if I can hook a meter up to the alternator myself and were do I hook the wires up at to get a reading, thanks I am usually pretty good but this problem has set me for a loop thanks guys

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    Dana Whitenect Feb 11, 2009

    and what should the voltage be

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    Dana Whitenect Feb 12, 2009

    Thanks, another problem I am having, is that the windshield wiper fluid. there is fluid in the tank but no fluid comes out. it seems like when I go to wash my windshield there is no noise coming from the motor to put the fluid on the windshield, does this mean that there is a fuse problem or that the motor for the windshield wiper fluid is done. usually when you pull in your switch for the wipers you hear a little motor noise, I dont hear that, please help me out as I had having a dirty windshield, lol, thanks guys


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It is a good indication. check the battery with a volt meter a charged battery should read about 12.6 volts dc with the car running you should be getting between 13 and 14 volts at the battery if you are getting 12.6 or under when the car is running you need an alternator.

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  • valkierneth Feb 11, 2009

    when running you should get between 13 and 14 volts at the battery.

  • valkierneth Feb 11, 2009

    it sounds like your alternator is working propperly. some auto parts stores in my area will hook your car up and check the alternator for you also. keep an eye on it. check your battery voltage after you have driven the vehicle. your battery should be fully charged after driving. hope this helps.

  • valkierneth Feb 12, 2009

    you can get a reading at the alternator it will be the same volts as at the battery one of the posts should be a hot post that sends the charge to the battery. if you have a multimeter that has a clamp at the to to read amps you can also check how many amps your alternator is throwing but i'm not sure about how many amps your alternator should be throwing on this model. there are also quick check tools that they sell at the auto parts stores that will tell you what your alternator is charging. some stores have a tool called a microvat it will do a charging system test including loadtesting the battery, checking your alternator charge voltage and amps and diodes and starter draw. most auto parts stores have a loaner program where you can borrow specialty tools don't know if it;s like this in your area. hope this helps


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