Originally Posted by k.blakeley
I would have the old alt. tested before i would have bought a new one.....as far as payin a mechanic to tell you what the problem is, i dont do it, mechanics around here find the problem ( for free,and tell you what the prob is) and then tell you how much it will be to fix it
I know, they USED to do that in my area but i live here in san diego where half the ghetto nation lives so they litterally stopped doing things for free.
Think of it kinda like Ebay sales ruining sales for small business. (Spelling?)
theyed come in and ask for what they need and than go find it cheaper on ebay. (I know. i used to help at an RC car race track. Used to happen all the time.)
But as for having it checked. When i had my truck towed the tow truck driver did a run around to figure out what failed befor he loaded it up, in case he could just fix it with a battery charge. (Hes been doing this for 12 years) and the battery wouldnt hold a charge and the alt wouldnt charge. but all he did was point me in the direction i was thinking of going anyways. because SOMETHING had to cause the failure. and i figured it was my sub amp speaker and lights setup. never second guessed it.
By the way i had the belt check. no problem. and as for the new guy, have you checked the fuses? if your truck is a ranger between 95- 99 itll be the same one mine was. Fuse 15 it should be a 15-25 amp fuse and its on the side of the dash board when you open the driver side door.