Originally Posted by Chris Price
Thanks for the input Jeff. The air cleaner box is up against the firewall now. If I remove that, I can jack the engine higher. How much higher can I go? Guess I'll find out tonight! I'll stop when I hear cracking and snapping.
Any suggestions on where and what type of replacement alternator to get? There are lots of places on the internet with all kinds of prices. Also looks like there are several mfg. of repacement alternators. Any guidance appreciated.
The real trick, is to stop just before the cracking and snaping!
Those sounds are NOT what you want to hear.
But I too, am dying of curiosity, , , , how did you determine that the alternator is bad?
Just curious, just in case I ever have to do the same tests. I am, after all, an electronics tech.
On my own car, when I first got it, the alternator was not charging the battery. The problem turned out to be a connector, under the battery, that was not seated properly.
It took the Suzuki service dept three days to find that problem and then only by accident when one tech bumped that cable and the battery began charging. The good part of all that, was that during the troubleshooting procedure, they put in a Full Maintenance battery.
I much prefer those to the totally unserviceable Maintenance Free batteries.
I once rebuilt a GM alternator, sitting on a curbing in front of an Auto Parts store in Waterville, Maine. But, GM alternators were not a big deal to remove, rebuild and replace. I guess, from what I hear, that the SX4 alternator is not so simple at least to get out of the car. I'm really glad that I have an extended warranty on mine.