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How come I go thru so many alternators? (archive)

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Posted by Dave on June 25, 2001 at 07:59:27:

Are re-manufactured alternators rebuilt to last only 3 years or so or is there something about my 76 that likes to chew them up. Going down the highway Saturday the ignition/alt light comes on very dim but is a lot brighter by the time I get home. To be sure it's not just a light problem I keep the car running and disconnect the battery. Sure enough in about 5-10 seconds she quits. Last time I ordered on the place sent me a 320i alt by mistake. A litte rewiring by the mechanic and she runs fine--for about 3 years. At least this time there were was warning by the light cause last time it just wouldn't start since the battery was cooked. I'm not too lucky on starters either.
Dave, 76 Inka

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