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Old 08-23-2001, 11:19 AM
Jim Anderson Jim Anderson is offline
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Location: Saugus, CA USA
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In my Peugeot diesel, at the worst possible time, the first fuel stop of a week long vacation, when I shut the engine off all the idiot lights came on like they are supposed to except the alternator light. I figured the light burned out or the wire came off. But when I turned everything off and took the keys out the alternator light came on! Besides dampening my vacation I found out one of the diodes in the rectifier had shorted. The alternator was mounted under the battery and some acid had gotten into it. I had partial charging for the vacation so I was careful with my supply of electrons. Peugeot wanted $250 for the alternator, $100 for the rectifier but I found a new rectifier from a auto electric shop for $30. It turned out its the same one used in a Porche.
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