Great! Thanks for the information.
Just to be clear - is this the voltage regulator or the alternator that needs the attention??
Any hints on how difficult? Expense? Time?
Oh - I almost forgot. Last night after reading your posts I went out and sniffed the battery and I do believe that's where the odor is coming from... I also sniffed the exhaust pipe area (car was NOT running) and it smelled 'normal'... of course my dog was outside watching all of this and is now totally confused by me