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I have an 87 Alfa Spyder Veloce that just quit running. Battery went dead and I just replaced the alternator. I have replaced the battery 3 times, but someone told me to replace the alternator because it was not charging the battery. I drove it about 20 miles the other day, and the amp gauge pegged left and it just died. The tow truck operator told me it was a bad alternator. Any thoughts?

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  • sparty517 Sep 10, 2009

    I bought the alternator from an Alfa parts store in Dearborn Heights, MI. It was a re-built one.

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Try checking the feed wire to the altenator ,did you fit a recon unit or one from thje scrapyard??

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    Colin Stickland Sep 10, 2009

    right quick test without spending any hard earnt cash ,start engine and give a little rev ,then get assistant to hold RPM at 1500 and then disconnect a battery lead ,----if engine keeps running then altenator os ok ,if it stop`s then its no good ,if it keeps running then turn all the lights on and blower motor ,if it keeps going then altenator is fine,sorry didnt get back sooner ---its my birthday today --59 and i had a day off and went out on my little boat.

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You can try this.You can buy inexpensive system testers that have Yellow Red Green lights that will give you a better idea of your charging system.Strauss Stores,Auto Barn,Pep Boys have them.Some plug into gig lighter,some have clips to go on battery/connections.You have to get the motor started to use,so jump or charge the battery.I'm thinking loose connection,bad ground.Good Luck.

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