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Alternator = Gone #61496 Nov 18, 11:03am Nov 18, 11:03am
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Alternator = Gone
I was coming home from work last night and I saw my battery light start to flicker. Then it came on full bright, and all the dash lights dimmed to about 50%. So instead of going home, I drove right to the dealership, because I knew the car wasn't going to start again if it was running off battery. Anyway, the checked it out, and sure enough, the alternator is shot. Every car I've ever owned has had the alternator go out. Looks like it's time to buy a capacitor for my car stereo wink

I'm without a car for 2 days frown

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: ArchV] #61497 Nov 18, 11:12am Nov 18, 11:12am
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confused how many watts do you have running to ur stereo? that shouldn't hurt it confused

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: ArchV] #61498 Nov 18, 11:14am Nov 18, 11:14am
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I guess that's a risk you take when adding a big ass stereo.

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: trog2233] #61499 Nov 18, 11:15am Nov 18, 11:15am
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I have about 500 watts... It's enough to dim the headlights and dash lights when the bass notes hit. I'm pretty sure it's putting a lot of strain on the electrical system.

Unfortunately they want $510 to replace it (that includes labor).

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did anyone see that episode of Monster Garage were the guys made a black escalade into this bad ass tail gate SUV with an entertainment system, slide out BBQ, and beer tap. They had to add another alternator for the entertainment system. heh

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ummm? i never heard of a 500 watt system ruining an alternator...i'd say it was just a defective one or something else effecting it grin thumbsup

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: Steven] #61502 Nov 18, 11:18am Nov 18, 11:18am
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Originally Posted by Steven
did anyone see that episode of Monster Garage were the guys made a black escalade into this bad ass tail gate SUV with an entertainment system, slide out BBQ, and beer tap. They had to add another alternator for the entertainment system. heh


that was bad ass!



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Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: trog2233] #61503 Nov 18, 11:25am Nov 18, 11:25am
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Originally Posted by trog2233
ummm? i never heard of a 500 watt system ruining an alternator...i'd say it was just a defective one or something else effecting it grin thumbsup


I don't know, I've owned 2 other cars before the Celica... each one had 300-500 watt systems... and I've had the alternator go out in all of them. I think maybe over time, a system, even 500 watts, will start eating away at the alternator's stability.

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Yea it will over time...how long have you had it hooked up in ur car..? I've had my 800 watt system in mine for 2 years now and i don't even get light dimming at all confused

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: trog2233] #61505 Nov 18, 11:28am Nov 18, 11:28am
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Originally Posted by trog2233
Yea it will over time...how long have you had it hooked up in ur car..? I've had my 800 watt system in mine for 2 years now and i don't even get light dimming at all confused


I got my car Janruary 2001, and a month later I had the system in it... so...
*does some math*

2 years 9 months. Your time is coming! hehe.

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: ArchV] #61506 Nov 18, 11:31am Nov 18, 11:31am
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rofl well i only drive my car 6 months out of the year... tongue

Re: Alternator = Gone [Re: trog2233] #61507 Nov 18, 11:33am Nov 18, 11:33am
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Originally Posted by trog2233
rofl well i only drive my car 6 months out of the year... tongue


Yeah, I have 50k miles on mine already frown

I'm still going to get a capacitor for the stereo. They're only like 100 bucks for one that handles 500 watts. If it saves me 500 on an alternator, I think it's a good idea!

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Originally Posted by trog2233
rofl well i only drive my car 6 months out of the year... tongue


that must suck to have to put it away and still pay for it frown


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Originally Posted by DiabloGTS
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rofl well i only drive my car 6 months out of the year... tongue


that must suck to have to put it away and still pay for it frown


OHhhhh yes!!!! plus i only drive 6 months of the year and i have 50K on my car in 2 years cry cry cry

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I had a 1500watt system in my 1994 Impreza with the stock alternator. The only thing it did was dim the lights. That was hookep up for almost 4 years.

A 500watt system really should not damage the alternator unless you drive for hours and hours with the system on all the time.

But to be on the safe side just buy a cap. That should eliminate the dimming of the headlights for you as well. thumbsup thumbsup

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Originally Posted by trog2233
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rofl well i only drive my car 6 months out of the year... tongue


that must suck to have to put it away and still pay for it frown


OHhhhh yes!!!! plus i only drive 6 months of the year and i have 50K on my car in 2 years cry cry cry


You drive to damn much!!!!! grin

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Ok...first of all...if you really wanna save ur alternator...Get a dry cell battery and put it in the trunk...the cap is only gonna slow down the drain on the alternator thumbsup

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Originally Posted by trog2233
Ok...first of all...if you really wanna save ur alternator...Get a dry cell battery and put it in the trunk...the cap is only gonna slow down the drain on the alternator thumbsup


That's alittle extreme for only a 500w system don't you think!!!!! spineyes spineyes

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I didn't say for the 500 watt system...i was referring to ur 1500 watt system grin

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Originally Posted by Jamey
I had a 1500watt system in my 1994 Impreza with the stock alternator. The only thing it did was dim the lights. That was hookep up for almost 4 years.

A 500watt system really should not damage the alternator unless you drive for hours and hours with the system on all the time.

But to be on the safe side just buy a cap. That should eliminate the dimming of the headlights for you as well. thumbsup thumbsup


I do actually drive it 2+ hours a day with the system on... usually loud! thumbsup


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Originally Posted by DiabloGTS
Originally Posted by Steven
did anyone see that episode of Monster Garage were the guys made a black escalade into this bad ass tail gate SUV with an entertainment system, slide out BBQ, and beer tap. They had to add another alternator for the entertainment system. heh


that was bad ass!


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Originally Posted by ArchV
Originally Posted by Jamey
I had a 1500watt system in my 1994 Impreza with the stock alternator. The only thing it did was dim the lights. That was hookep up for almost 4 years.

A 500watt system really should not damage the alternator unless you drive for hours and hours with the system on all the time.

But to be on the safe side just buy a cap. That should eliminate the dimming of the headlights for you as well. thumbsup thumbsup


I do actually drive it 2+ hours a day with the system on... usually loud! thumbsup



Yeah that might cause damage over time.

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Originally Posted by Steven
did anyone see that episode of Monster Garage were the guys made a black escalade into this bad ass tail gate SUV with an entertainment system, slide out BBQ, and beer tap. They had to add another alternator for the entertainment system. heh

OMG that was off the hook! Esp. w/ the 26" Jessie James rims


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yea I know I've never seen 26'ers before.

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im installing a 1500 watt amp for my two 800 watt subs, will this strain the battery, I know that only if i bridge it will i need a cap, but should i get one sooner or later just incase? Ya i saw that Monster Garage, Stupid ass broke the window...

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I second the dry cell battery. The problem with a cap is it makes the alternator think it's always dead, so the alternator constantly has to be "re-charging" the cap causing it to work overtime. Just a little side note, a company called H-O alternators (high output) makes a direct bolt in alternator that shells out 200 friggin' amps of juice plenty for any system, or television, or washer, or dryer...

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