2008 Buick Enclave Replacing The Alternator

This 2008 Buick Enclave CXL came in with the complaint that the battery would go dead while driving. The battery light was on and there was a message on the dash to service the charging system. Something else that I noticed but cannot duplicate here is that there was a steady moan from the engine … Continue reading “2008 Buick Enclave Replacing The Alternator”

1998 Ford Windstar, Alternator Does Not Charge

This 1998 Ford Windstar with the 3.8 liter engine came in with the complaint that the alternator would not charge. The alternator had been replaced twice and still nothing. Imagine that? I confirmed that the alternator was not charging and then moved onto circuit tests. The main battery lead at the alternator must have battery … Continue reading “1998 Ford Windstar, Alternator Does Not Charge”

2000 Dodge Caravan, Changing The Alternator Brushes.

This 2000 Dodge Caravan with a 2.4 liter engine came in with the complaint that the battery light was coming on. The battery had not gone dead at this time but the customer was concerned. I finally got it to act up long enough to determined it was worn brushes in the alternator. The first … Continue reading “2000 Dodge Caravan, Changing The Alternator Brushes.”

Changing Brushes in a Denso Alternator

To check and change the brush holder assembly on a Denso internal fan alternator, start by removing the nut on the insulator post. Then with the insulator removed proceed to removing the remaining nuts, one screw and ground strap. The extra screw and ground strap will not always be present. Note that this particular alternator … Continue reading “Changing Brushes in a Denso Alternator”

2001 Ford Windstar, Alternator Burnt Up, Cooling Fans Run At High Speed, Part 2

The vehicle’s original alternator failed in July of last year. The customer had an extended warranty and the warranty company paid the bill, less the deductible. I had personally checked the system and installed a replacement alternator at that time. I offer a 12 month, 12,000 mile parts warranty and a 90 day labor warranty. … Continue reading “2001 Ford Windstar, Alternator Burnt Up, Cooling Fans Run At High Speed, Part 2”

2001 Ford Windstar, Alternator Burnt Up, Cooling Fans Run At High Speed

This 2001 Ford Windstar came in with the complaint that the alternator was not charging. Simple enough I charged the battery, checked and changed the faulty alternator assembly. The alternator is easy to change but the belt is a bit difficult and requires two people unless you already have the vehicle up in the air. … Continue reading “2001 Ford Windstar, Alternator Burnt Up, Cooling Fans Run At High Speed”