Question about 1992 Saturn SC

1 Answer

1992 Saturn alternator doesnt seem to be charging.

I just put in a new alternator and the battery is fully charged. However the alternator doesnt seem to be charging. The car will run for a few seconds then the switch to D2 light will come on, everything will go dim and then shuts off. What could be the problem?

Posted by on

  • Anonymous Apr 13, 2009

    how do you know if your altinator is bad



1 Answer

  • Level 3:

    An expert who has achieved level 3 by getting 1000 points


    An expert that got 10 achievements.


    An expert that got 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer got voted for 500 times.

  • Master
  • 1,201 Answers

Sounds like you got a deffective alternator. I would take it back and have them check it. It should put out between 14 and 15 volts, and if (and i'm saying if) that car is equipped with an external voltage regulator have that checked.

Posted on Mar 10, 2009


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

2003 Saturn vue awd 3.0 testing showed alternator putting out about 1/2- we replaced the alternator & the serpentine belt,- red wire?the new alternator in did not solve the problem-battery is new-

How do you know it's only putting out about 1/2 ? an 1/2 what ? Amps or volts ? Did you hook up a volt meter to the battery posts ? red to red an black lead to negative post of the battery ? Does it show 13.1 to 14. 1 volts with the engine running , if so it's charging . The only thing that would cause the alternator not to put out full charge amps would be a bad diode inside the alternator or a power or ground issue. You need to check power an grounds doing a voltage drop test . Voltage Drop Testing the Charging System

Oct 26, 2015 | Saturn Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

1992 holden barina charging problem already replaced alternator but still slowly drains battery

It is not charging the battery because of several problems ---1 when connecting up the wires to the alternator was there a spark at the connection ---2 is the heavy wire on the alternator insulated from the body of the alternator--- is there a fuse in the charge circuit that is blown---4 is the light wires pushed fully home in the connection--- have you the correct alternator for the car ( internal or external voltage regulator)---5 is the drive belt in good condition and tight- If everything checks out then take it to an accredited auto electrician to have the alternator tested properly as new alternators ( out of the box new) can be faulty.

Jan 21, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer


Check earth straps on alternator and recheck connections are tight. Check any relevant fuses.

Jan 01, 2018 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

My Saturn Vue 2.2 (2006) car could not start one day and i got it jumpstarted. the engine then started going off when I am using it with the AC on.

Sounds like the alternator is not putting out the correct charge...this will cause the engine to stall, and may not be keeping the battery fully charged. You can have the alternator tested at many auto parts stores for free, including Auto Zone...replacing the battery will not solve your problem. Hope this helps.

Aug 31, 2011 | 2006 Saturn Vue

2 Answers

My 99 saturn sl drains the battery and the heater fan and ac won't work. I got a new battery and it drained it and won't take a charge again. can anyone help? chuck

Sounds like 2 probloms there is a bad alternator so the battery is not being charged, and the fuse for the heater/ac fan is bad

Jul 12, 2010 | 1999 Saturn SL

3 Answers

My battery keeps dying on my 1992 Mazda MPV. It was fine, now all of the sudden I need a jump to start it, and it will not charge while running, it wants to die while I am driving. What happened? I put in...

The alternator is what charges the battery, most likely there is a bad connection at or to the battery, or the alternator has quit working and you will need to replace the alternator.

May 11, 2010 | 1992 Mazda MPV

2 Answers

I have a 2000 saturn LS1 2.2 motor. The battery light went on and then after it was running for awhile it shut off. I took the alternator in and it was bad. I bought a new one and put it in the car....

make sure the battery is fully charged on a charge out side of the car. reinstall after charged. your battery may have been damaged when the altenator failed. also make sure you belt is tight and in ther proper orenitation.

Dec 30, 2009 | 2000 Saturn L-Series

2 Answers

Alternator problem

1.You need to install a Fully charged battery, before you install a new alternator. Otherwise it will burn the alternator up.

2.I read what you typed about installing a new battery. Was the new battery fully charged, and was it installed before the new alternator?
See number 1 above.

Sep 03, 2009 | 2004 Mazda 6

1 Answer

Car has new alternator, and starter. internitantly dies what is wrong with it? the battery also tested low ccas but said battery was good.

No sir, a load tester does not give an accurate diagnoses, of a batteries condition. The Specific Gravity of -> Each cell, has to be checked also.
Believe it's 12.70, but don't quote me. I suggest with a good battery, that is fully charged, try again.

Also note that a battery in a drained condition can make an alternator go bad. The alternator works too hard. Batteries need to be fully charged, then put in the vehicle.

May 07, 2009 | 1993 Saturn SC2

1 Answer

1992 Nissan Pathfinder charging problems

How long did the 2nd alt. last before it died? The voltage regulator is, I believe, attached to the alternator. Have u had the voltage regulator checked?

Jan 04, 2009 | 1992 Nissan Pathfinder

Not finding what you are looking for?
1992 Saturn SC Logo

Related Topics:

114 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Saturn Experts


Level 3 Expert

78010 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22306 Answers

Jeffrey Turcotte
Jeffrey Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8832 Answers

Are you a Saturn Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides