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Old 18 Jun 2007, 11:35 pm
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Default Alternator or Battery? which is it?

My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and drove to
autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They were 5 min from
closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know that its JUST
my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda alternators
last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more? My Mom used to
own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she bought the
battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
without removing it from car?

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Old 19 Jun 2007, 12:14 pm
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On Jun 19, 12:35 am, K...@webtv.net (Private Private) wrote:
>. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
> without removing it from car?


back in the old days you could remove a cable from the battery while
the car was running. if it died, the alternator was bad. don't know
if you can use the same process for a new car.

bob z.

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Old 19 Jun 2007, 12:37 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

Try the five quick and dirty checks listed at
http://home.earthlink.net/~honda.lioness/id13.html

What year and model of Honda? How many miles on it?

"Private Private" <KSDJ1@webtv.net> wrote
> My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and
> drove to
> autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They
> were 5 min from
> closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know
> that its JUST
> my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda
> alternators
> last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more? My
> Mom used to
> own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she
> bought the
> battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if
> its still good,
> without removing it from car?
>



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Old 19 Jun 2007, 01:45 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

Item number 3 should say, battery voltage should NOT drop below ..........
"Elle" <honda.lioness@nospam.earthlink.net> wrote in message
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> Try the five quick and dirty checks listed at
> http://home.earthlink.net/~honda.lioness/id13.html
>
> What year and model of Honda? How many miles on it?
>
> "Private Private" <KSDJ1@webtv.net> wrote
>> My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and drove to
>> autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They were 5 min from
>> closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know that its JUST
>> my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda alternators
>> last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more? My Mom used to
>> own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she bought the
>> battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
>> without removing it from car?
>>

>
>



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Old 19 Jun 2007, 01:57 pm
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"Private Private" <KSDJ1@webtv.net> wrote in message
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> My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and drove to
> autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They were 5 min from
> closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know that its JUST
> my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda alternators
> last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more? My Mom used to
> own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she bought the
> battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
> without removing it from car?
>


The AutoZone's around where I live will do a free test for you. Go back with
your receipt and ask them to hook her up to their meter.


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Old 19 Jun 2007, 02:09 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

On Jun 18, 9:35 pm, K...@webtv.net (Private Private) wrote:
> My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and drove to
> autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They were 5 min from
> closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know that its JUST
> my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda alternators
> last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more? My Mom used to
> own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she bought the
> battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
> without removing it from car?


Almost all auto parts stores will do a free test on your charging
system. What state are you in?

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Old 19 Jun 2007, 02:24 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

Adding loads is supposed to drop the voltage from the
generator. When test 3 is taken with the other tests, they
offer insight. The wording is as I intended.

"l390f" <yahoo@tox8.org> wrote
> Item number 3 should say, battery voltage should NOT drop
> below ..........
> "Elle" <honda.lioness@nospam.earthlink.net> wrote
>> Try the five quick and dirty checks listed at
>> http://home.earthlink.net/~honda.lioness/id13.html
>>
>> What year and model of Honda? How many miles on it?
>>
>> "Private Private" <KSDJ1@webtv.net> wrote
>>> My battery finally died tonight. So I got it jumped and
>>> drove to
>>> autozone. I replaced my battery easily by my self. They
>>> were 5 min from
>>> closing so I just made it. My question is .How do I know
>>> that its JUST
>>> my battery and not my alternator? Also how long do Honda
>>> alternators
>>> last? My battery was at least 5 years old, maybe more?
>>> My Mom used to
>>> own the car she said she couldnt remember exact date she
>>> bought the
>>> battery. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if
>>> its still good,
>>> without removing it from car?
>>>

>>
>>

>
>



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Old 19 Jun 2007, 05:47 pm
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"bob zee" <bobzee1@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> On Jun 19, 12:35 am, K...@webtv.net (Private Private) wrote:
>>. Is there a way to TEST the alternator to see if its still good,
>> without removing it from car?

>
> back in the old days you could remove a cable from the battery while
> the car was running. if it died, the alternator was bad. don't know
> if you can use the same process for a new car.
>
> bob z.
>
>

It's risky now. Solid state stuff like the ECU and transmission controller
and radio might take it the wrong way. It has been done with no bad effects
but it's an awful chance to take.

A voltmeter is quicker and more comprehensive anyway.

Mike



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Old 19 Jun 2007, 09:54 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

Oops my bad I left out what car I have. Its a 1993 Honda Del Sol Si w/
65K miles. I'll go back to AUTOZONE and see if they can test alternator.
Can they test it while its in the car?

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Old 19 Jun 2007, 10:07 pm
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Default Re: Alternator or Battery? which is it?

I googled this link.

http://www.misterfixit.com/alterntr.htm

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