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Posted by: John (Mississauga) 10/13/2005
Question: I drive a 1977 Olds Aurora with a 4.0 liter V8. The problem I have is that I have installed two alternators in the past year. Is this unusual or is there some electrical problem or a computer problem? Can you please advise me?
Answer: If the alternators are failing prematurely, it is most likely because it is being overworked. Either there are too many loads on it, such as add-on accessories, or the battery may be weak or draining. You may need to have the system tested and the battery fully charged. A drain on the battery when the vehicle is off and parked would definitely overload the alternator and shorten its life.
Posted by: Sam (Toronto) 8/22/2005
Question: Hi, I was given a 1990 BMW 325i. It was left in a drive way for a year and a half without a start. Now, I put in a new battery and spark plugs, but it doesn’t start up good. It starts then fails and sounds really bad. What do I need?
Answer: Most likely, the fuel has deteriorated and the injectors have clogged. The fuel may need to be drained from the tank, the filters changed and all lines and fuel components cleaned or replaced. Another possibility is the engine may have rusted internally from sitting idle for so long. The rings may be seized, causing poor compression. Unfortunately, there are other possibilities also. The only way to be certain is to diagnose the cause of the problem. Any time a vehicle is stored for a long period of time, there are a number of things that should be done to prepare it, such as adding fuel stabilizer to the gas tank, oiling the cylinders, setting it on blocks, etc. Avoid buying anything that has been sitting unless you’re aware of what you’re getting into. It could turn into a complete restoration.