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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:53 pm 
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well as the EL fairmont has the extra gauges for oil and battery power, i was watching my power get down pretty low, went outside and idled the car for a little while and click, something turned on and up went the power reading.

my question is does the fairmont to conserve power from the engine turn the alternator on here and there when need be?

if not... is it a problem, and whats the fix?

or if so, damn thats cool.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 7:56 pm 
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was the a/c on ?

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 8:32 pm 
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vibr8n wrote:
was the a/c on ?


the ac wasnt on

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:31 pm 
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no idea, sounds like a relay kicking in/out though. sorry can't help more.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:44 pm 
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sounds like the a/c was on!
unless the alternator is on its way out. was the battery light on at all?

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 9:54 pm 
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smoke_ wrote:
sounds like the a/c was on!
unless the alternator is on its way out. was the battery light on at all?


Yes the battery light was on.

Hmm well i guess next is to buy a new aternator.

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:09 pm 
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Don't know if this is relevant to the e-series but in the old x series if you left the car idling on startup (ie. no extra revs at all) the alternator wouldn't kick in. So when you start the car you have to give it a bit of a rev. Maybe in the e-series they got round this with a relay of some sort :?

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 10:12 pm 
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e-series they'll charge as soon as it fires.
if the battery light was on, it sounds like you've got a crook alternator.
the number 1 cause is from a leaking p/steer pump, so check that out and repair both if necessary.

 

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Posted: Sun Feb 04, 2007 11:42 pm 
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smoke_ wrote:
e-series they'll charge as soon as it fires.
if the battery light was on, it sounds like you've got a crook alternator.
the number 1 cause is from a leaking p/steer pump, so check that out and repair both if necessary.


went all over it this arvo, not a drop of oil from the powersteering pump, ah well is not such a bad thing.

 

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Posted: Mon Feb 05, 2007 7:30 am 
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Looks like where going for a run to the wreckers on Old bar road then flemo, a second hand alt will be cheap as.

 

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