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#1 Mike N

 
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Posted 23 September 2016 - 05:20 PM

04 Forester, 141k on the clock, 2.5 SOHC, auto, air etc...

 

In park or neutral the batt, brake and abs lights come on and the alternator charges 17+ volts. In reverse or drive, the lights shut off and charging voltage goes back to 14.5 volts. No starting issues, runs well, no SES light or any driveability issues. Alternator is oe, battery is only a year old.

 

Likely not related, I have noticed is the shifter is stiff and I can't get it into any gear lower than D.


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Posted 23 September 2016 - 07:40 PM

Mike, have you checked the grounds?

#3 Mike N

 
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 07:32 AM

Not yet but I will today. This is on my car and the problem surfaced last night around 6pm..... I didn't have a whole lot of time to look at it.


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#4 Mike N

 
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Posted 24 September 2016 - 02:12 PM

Grounds good. Alternator is completely dead now, no charging in any gear. Will pull alt later and send out to a rebuilder that I've used before..... should be able to get it taken care of for less than new.


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Posted 24 September 2016 - 10:11 PM

How about a lifetime warranty for an Auto Drone unit? Although it might take you a lifetime to get a good one from them......)


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#6 Mike N

 
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Posted 25 September 2016 - 06:38 PM

Vato Zone..... Que pasa?? I thought they only sold 02 sensors, air fresheners and Lucas products.

 

I checked them online and for a mere $150 I could get one of their finely re-painted units. The reviews listed were not favorable towards them, seems excessive noise and early failure were the "flavor du jour."

 

The rebuilder I'm going to send mine to has done me well for the last 20 years. I sent my wife's alternator there from her 98 Z/71 and he rebuilt it for $50. I saved money by not needing the case sandblasted and made all pretty looking. We got 10 years and 100k+ out of the $50 rebuild before it needed to be gone thru again.


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Posted 28 September 2016 - 07:21 PM

Regulator and diodes were bad, per my rebuilder.

 

$65 later I have a functioning alternator...... less than half the price of the shiny Vato Zone unit, and this one actually works.


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