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Old 12-28-2014, 17:07   #1
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Nothing like having my alternator go out at 2:00 am

on a remote dark road with no shoulders.

Insurance company called 16 towing companies before it found one willing to come and get me...

Being Friday night/Saturday morning, the drunks were out in force. Almost got hit a few times.

Roadside assistance just paid for itself many times over.
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Old 12-28-2014, 17:18   #2
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Insurance company called 16 towing companies before it found one willing to come and get me...
How long did you have to wait?
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Old 12-28-2014, 17:29   #3
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did'nt you call for back up or have friends?

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Old 12-28-2014, 17:35   #4
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Did you have it towed to a mechanic or home so you can do it yourself?
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Did you have it towed to a mechanic or home so you can do it yourself?
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Old 12-28-2014, 17:38   #6
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did'nt you call for back up or have friends?

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What would friends do? it needed to be towed.
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How long did you have to wait?
2 hours.
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Old 12-28-2014, 17:52   #8
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What kind of car?
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Old 12-28-2014, 18:03   #9
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The car runs off the battery and the alternator charges the battery, so, even at night, you should be able to drive an hour or more, even with the headlights on, before the battery is drained.

Maybe new cars are different somehow...?
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Old 12-28-2014, 18:04   #10
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The car runs off the battery and the alternator charges the battery, so, even at night, you should be able to drive an hour or more, even with the headlights on, before the battery is drained.

Maybe new cars are different somehow...?
Maybe he had already been doing that. And battery wasn't on top of its game.
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The car runs off the battery and the alternator charges the battery, so, even at night, you should be able to drive an hour or more, even with the headlights on, before the battery is drained.

Maybe new cars are different somehow...?
I think an hour is a bit optimistic. I may have gotten 30 minutes. It's a newer battery.
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What kind of car?
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Old 12-28-2014, 18:48   #13
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I think an hour is a bit optimistic. I may have gotten 30 minutes. It's a newer battery.
If you think your alternator is failing, tap it with a hammer handle or gold club or anything you can find. The accumulated dust will be displaced and it may function again - if only long enough to get you to a mechanic.

I did that with a Toyota alternator for over 30K miles. It would last about 6K miles before I had to tap it again. Eventually I found a good used one and replace the original (at 207K miles).

It's worth a try.
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Old 12-28-2014, 19:38   #14
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If you think your alternator is failing, tap it with a hammer handle or gold club or anything you can find. The accumulated dust will be displaced and it may function again - if only long enough to get you to a mechanic.

I did that with a Toyota alternator for over 30K miles. It would last about 6K miles before I had to tap it again. Eventually I found a good used one and replace the original (at 207K miles).

It's worth a try.

I understand doing what you have to do but come on a alternator in most cases only cost about $150 or less with core and usually can be put on in less then a hour on most cars.

Driving 30k miles before finding USED one is insane.
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How do you steer if you have no shoulders?
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How do you steer if you have no shoulders?
With great difficulty.
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Old 12-29-2014, 21:13   #17
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Don't know how I did it, but I changed it out. Pain in the butt getting it out. Same getting it in. No space.

Oh, in case anyone asks, it's much better to put the tire back on before one lowers the car.. just saying..

Now for my maiden voyage.....
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Old 12-29-2014, 22:18   #18
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Glad you made it home safe! I've been stuck on the road in much worse situations. In the words of Bill Clinton, "I feel yer pain."
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Old 12-29-2014, 22:25   #19
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Don't know how I did it, but I changed it out. Pain in the butt getting it out. Same getting it in. No space.

Oh, in case anyone asks, it's much better to put the tire back on before one lowers the car.. just saying..

Now for my maiden voyage.....
Just make sure you tighten the lug nuts after you lower it too. My grandpa didn't tighten the lug nuts after he lowered it, he said some pretty bad words when the tire passed him on the highway.
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What would friends do? it needed to be towed.
Well either bring a alt, tools to install, or trailer to load it on... Maybe spare battery so you could limp home?

I burned out alt on dsl truck 1200 miles from home at night. Drove till I found Wally World, bought $30 charger, cord hotel room. I had trailer behind. Plug it in, close hood, sleep, next am hit road with "as close to zero" electric load as possible.

Or are the one belt wonders unable to be driven with bad alt?
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