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Old 02-14-2003, 12:47 PM
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When the alternator isn't charging, and battery reserve begins to drop off, the car will begin to shut down non-essential systems in an effort to get you home or some place safe.

Take a look at the brushes (voltage regulator). Mounts to the back side of the alternator with two screws. On many models the brushes can be pulled/checked/replaced without having to remove the alternator.

Break out the DMM and see what your voltage is at the battery with the engine off, should be 12.9-13.2v or thereabout. Then check again with the engine running, should be 13.8-14v.
Mike Tangas
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