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Alternator?? The motor in my 1996 Accord rumbles when the car is in drive and I am stopped. I checked the battery, it reads 12 volts when the motor is off and 13.04 volts when the motor is running. Is this an alternator problem? I'd hate to take it off if this isn't the problem.

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The alternator is working electrically but the bearing may be failing. You can put a metal bar or long screwdriver on it while it's running and put your ear to the other end to verify if the noise is coming from it. if so, yes...replace it. When testing, be very careful not to get the probe into the belt or anything else that's moving.

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