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is there a way i can test my altenator to see if its good. cause now my car is barley starting.
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Re: altenator

Take it off and take it to autozone they will test it for free. I think you could take it off hook a volt meter to it and spin it by had but should just take it in any way.
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Re: altenator

how do i take it off
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Re: altenator

Not to sure but it shoudl be one of two ways.

1. Unhook the wires on the back of it, Loosen one bolt and that will let it slide a lil bit and take the tension off the belt, unbolt the rest off the bolts and it's off

2.Find the belt tensioner and take the belt off, unhook the wires on the back, then unbolt the bolts that hold it on.

not to sure never had to take one off a lude b/4
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ok. thanks
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Re: altenator

found this it will help a lot more skip down to set 5
http://www.preludezone.com/diy-engine/9592-eng-universal-how-do-h22-timing-belt-removal-install-post167291.html
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thanks alot yogi. you've been a big help
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Re: altenator

you can also just start the car and let it run until it is nice and warmed up (about 3 minutes) and then *carefully* disconnect the battery. If the car turns off or you notice a drastic reduction in idle or lighting, your alternator is not working properly. If there is no difference at all...it is fine. Also, inspect the belts if you think there is a problem.

based on what you said, i dont think it is the alternator. I would guess battery.
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Re: altenator

^ i heard that is bad to do in cars with ECU in them don't really know.
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Re: altenator

no, if your car is running and you remove negative terminal and car shuts off bad alternator, now if your car still drives then it could just be the regulator in the altornator...
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Re: altenator

Well an alternator can still be bad and keep the car running. Either take it off and have it tested (most thorough) or use a volt meter and test it with the engine running at idle and say 3000 rpm. It should be around 14.4 volts with a margain of error by about 1/2-1v. If you alt is bad it means your battery isn't charging. This could be a battery problem as well. Again, check with a meter at rest the voltage of the battery and then check during cranking. A good battery will stay above about 11v. If you don't have a meter BUY ONE. If you plan on doing any work at all to your car then a $30 craftsman digital multimeter is a must. Throw test lights away! Good luck and let us know what you find. Oh! And disconnect the - term of your battery before removing alternator to eliminate the risk of shorting the charging terminal to ground.
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went to the mechanics today and he tested the battery and said it was real weak so i replaced so everything should be fine. now i gotta look at my ps pump
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this is exatly what im looking for
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I know this is a late reply but since 92 lude revived it I get away with it :D

do not do what yogi or mdtdnd said not that they are entirely wrong just its alot of work for something that can be easily done a different way...this should set you straight...Mainly because im too sick and tired to explain it :D
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do not do what yogi or mdtdnd said not that they are entirely wrong just its alot of work for something that can be easily done a different way...this should set you straight...Mainly because im too sick and tired to explain it :D
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thanks but i got the problem fixed...LAST YEAR.
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