Join Date: Feb 2004
Location: Bloomingdale, Il
OK, Who Do I Trust?
I was given an alternator. It supposedly worked when it was removed from a junk vehicle a few years ago. It looks good, spins free, but something tells me to test it before freezing my arsz installing this thing in my 4x4 pickup up at the cabin.
I go down to the local Autozone to have unit tested. The alternator passes and the kid says all is good, but they don't have the belt I need to do the installation. Now i'm off to NAPA for the belt.
At NAPA, for s&g's, I have the alternator tested. It FAILS! Won't charge under heavy load. He checks connections and machine settings, repeats the test 3 times, all fail.....hmmm? I buy the belt but leave confused.
On the way home is Advance Auto Parts. This kid tests the alternator and says it fails. DEAD!? Ok, wtf.... A little out of the way is another Autozone. This guy tests the alternator and says it is GOOD!! Passes all tests.
So, Why the different results? Each guy that ran the tests seemed to know what he was doing. I'm going to try O'Riley, Pepboys, and CarQuest tomorrow.
Who Do I Trust?!.........Jb
Beat it to Fit, Paint it to Match!
Last edited by Johnny B; Jan 26th, 11 at 07:42 PM.