It Happened again

Leaving my Grandparents house tonight, everything seemed ok. Until I noticed the idle speed hovering around 2K RPMs. A little on the high side. Besides that, everything was checking out.

20 miles later, the battery light came on. 5 miles later the lights were already fairly dim and the power steering stopped working.

5 miles later I was driving in the dark on I5 in San Juan Capistrano, trying to get to the next exit.

Which is where my car sits now.

I know I know. Tomorrow I will be calling the dealer to get it squared away.

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  1. Sorry to hear it, DB. Did you do the alternator yourself? I thought you’d mentioned thinking you’d have to replace the wiring harness at some point. I hope this isn’t that point…

  2. Yes. DIY for the alternator, but I think it might be a bad unit. I don’t think the wiring harness would cause this.

  3. I think so. At least it’s the only thing that makes sense since it only over revs when I have this problem.

    And, in case you are wondering, you can, in fact, coast about 5 miles downhill in 3rd gear with a dead battery, but I don’t recommend it.

  4. Me again db
    Reading the service manual, DIY alternator is a bugger. Did you find it that way?

  5. Yes indeed it is a bugger. In the Cooper anyway it is. I mean, you can see the alternator, but to get to it so you can remove it requires about 1.5 hours of other-stuff-removal.

    Besides the 1.5 hours extra, it’s exactly like changing the alternator in a ’60’s era Chevy, kinda. ;)

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