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Old 06-26-2013, 11:23 AM   #1
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Alternator Light

Hey guys I'm new here but I could use some help.

I drive a 2001 Jeep wrangler Sport, roughly 125k miles.

For the last 9 months or so I've replaced the starter, this looks like its about to be my third time.

Problems:
Alternator light is on
Slow weak start
rough idle after starting for about 30 - 60 seconds.
Starter is heard tapping against flywheel ever so slightly.
As months pass, the car is slower and slower to start each time.

I have a new battery
alternator was tested at advanced auto parts, techy said it was fine, and she said the battery was overcharged, and the starter has too much power going to it.

I have a bass tube with a built-in-amp in the back of the jeep. Techy said that's fine.

Ideas?

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:34 AM   #2
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Inspect your main power cables. Sometimes they corrode on the inside of the insulation and cause poor connections with under/over charging problems as well as slow/hard starts.

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Old 06-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #3
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I'm not an electrician by any means but if your battery is getting overcharged, your alternator is in deed bad.
As for the speakers popping when hitting the brakes, no clue. Sounds like a wiring issue.
That could be a possible reason why you're going through starters, your battery's pushing too much juice to the starter. I'd get a second opinion on the alternator from an alternator shop. Most auto parts store employees have very little hands on experience...
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:35 AM   #4
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Are you buying your starters from a store like Autozone or are they OE quality Mopar starters? And that comment the starter is getting too much power was a lame way of trying to shift blame away from what is a likely poor quality starter from China. Neither the alternator nor battery can provide enough voltage to harm the starter.
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Old 06-26-2013, 11:38 AM   #5
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Midas ordered my last starter. I have no idea what the brand was.

I think my battery has acid on the top of it.
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Midas likely went to the local auto parts store & bought the cheapest possible starter.

Not to mention I wouldn't trust Midas to do that kind of work.
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Are parts really that cheaply made?
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I feel like I can't trust anyone. I got it fixed by some random yahoo in the mountains the first time. I got it fixed by midas the 2nd time 3 months later, twice. They ended up replacing the starter switch.

9 months later this is happening.
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Are parts really that cheaply made?
I will not buy aftermarket critical parts from auto parts stores like Autozone.... parts I deem critical include water pumps, starters, alternators, and sensors. The quality of store-brand parts from stores like Autozone, in my personal opinion, is shoddy at best. Don't let their so-called "lifetime warranty" fool you into believing that must mean it's a good quality part. Warranty length & quality are not necessarily in step with each other.
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Are you buying your starters from a store like Autozone or are they OE quality Mopar starters? And that comment the starter is getting too much power was a lame way of trying to shift blame away from what is a likely poor quality starter from China. Neither the alternator nor battery can provide enough voltage to harm the starter.
...lol.. As I said, it is possible. Unlikely that it would only effect the starter.
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[QUOTE=Zdrisko;3901305]As for the speakers popping when hitting the brakes, no clue.QUOTE]

Where did this come from?? Am I not seeing the whole post???
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Old 06-26-2013, 12:22 PM   #12
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ok. So I just spoke to the mechanic.

Its not the alternator light, its the check engine light... whatever the heck this thing is. (woops)



Anyway when I pulled up there the mechanic was like, "Oh we actually did find a code that said you had a misfire!"

So now they're checking my fuel injectors and spark plugs. He also said I have a remanufactured starter. So I'm wondering if I should just go ahead and get that replaced with a bran new one anyway?

I hate dealing with people who don't get paid to be honest with me. Are they yanking my chain?
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