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Hi My son has a 1986 olds cutlass, we think its a 307cin engine we replaced the alternator and now the lights wont even come on nothing, it used to start and run good with the old alt. but the bearings squeeled real bad, could we have got the wrong alternator or what? I couldnt even try to jump start cause the alt. appeared to start smokin.

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You probably over tightend the positive wire on the alternator and shorted out the terminal inside the alternator.

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March 1982 to replace Starfire, Lansing's version of the front-drive 101.2-inch-wheelbase corporate J-body subcompact failed to attract more than about 45,000 customers in most years -- except for 1984, when it garnered a credit­able 82,500 -- even though Olds tried most everything it could think of to sell it.

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