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has anybody relocated the alternator on a 3.2/3.5? #744027 08/11/06 10:08 PM
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I'm so sick and tired of having my alternator fritzing out...first it was a power steering fluid leak causing it, now it's a valve cover gasket leak. I'd hate to see what'd happen if I actually went off the pavement some day.
It's no fun being that poor chump who's holding up traffic with a 4,000 lb. paperweight.

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Re: has anybody relocated the alternator on a 3.2/3.5? #744028 08/12/06 03:38 PM
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If you ever do relocate yours, please share all of the details!


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...what'd happen if I actually went off the pavement some day

Based solely on *my* experience(s)...

(A) at some point, you will loose all faith in aftermarket alternators.

(B) after about the 5th or 6th one, you'll have become an expert at changing alternators - capable of swapping one out faster than a veteran certified Isuzu Tech (especially if you have a body lift).

(C) after about the 8th or 9th one, people will start razzing you about all of the alternators you've toasted - especially the folks at Advance Auto (or wherever... perhaps even making you 'known' at stores in more than one city and/or state); and IF YOU'RE LUCKY, they will keep replacing them under warranty, despite the fact that the Fine Print says you're only entitled to ONE replacement per purchase.

(D) you'll eventually reach a point where you no longer leave things to chance, or take a 'wait-and-see' attitude - instead, sooner-or-later you'll go buy yourself a spare OEM unit and keep it with you at all times (afterwhich, of course, Murphy's Law will somehow keep your most recent aftermarket unit alive quite a bit longer than all of the previous ones combined).

-- Or maybe it's just me <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/rolleyes.gif" alt="" />


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Six Isuzus, so far... still have three of them.
Re: has anybody relocated the alternator on a 3.2/3.5? [Re: Smiley] #744029 08/12/06 08:22 PM
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I won't even buy an aftermarket alternator. I go for the used OEM one at the junkyard. It may last years, it may last weeks, but it'll do better than an aftermarket one. <img src="/forums/images/graemlins/smile.gif" alt="" />

Re: has anybody relocated the alternator on a 3.2/3.5? #744030 08/13/06 06:57 AM
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I'm so sick and tired of having my alternator fritzing out...first it was a power steering fluid leak causing it, now it's a valve cover gasket leak....


you're not getting much info on your original post re: relocation, so i'll just give you a little trick that's kept power steering fluid out of my 2nd (or was it 3rd) alternator until i could get the latest leak fixed:

stuff a bunch of paper towels down there in that cradle which is part of the alternator bracket assembly (above the alternator). at least with my ps fluid leak, the fluid would all collect in that cradle and then overflow down onto the alternator.

the towels soak up all the fluids. you check it as often as necessary depending on the severity of the leak. then remove the wad of now-pink towels and jam another wad down there with the long screwdriver. it worked like a charm and saved another alternator replacement until i got around to replacing the hose fitting copper seal.

and it works with oem, aftermarket, junkyard and also ebay alternators. ;]

and until the middle east figures out how to corner the costco paper towel market, it's cheap.

my thoughts on relocation came to naught, as did a viable shield of some sort -- that would work, yet not cut off air circulation to the alt.


1992 sohc trooper 3.2l v6 automatic . . . as is

i love a good intermittent electrical challenge. . .especially when it's someone else's.
Re: has anybody relocated the alternator on a 3.2/3.5? [Re: trooperbc] #744031 08/20/06 12:23 AM
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I haven't had any problems with my aftermarket alternator, but thats probably because it's from a real alternator company... not Autozone!


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