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PostSubject: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySat Jan 08, 2011 12:24 pm

Long story, big problem. I got my 1995 SC out today for the first time in about two weeks. It's a pretty cold morning (15f). Car starts like a dream, and I pull out of the driveway. I hit the road and the car bucks and wheezes and snorts. Kind of like an old carburated engine. I pull over, let it warm up and it smooths out.

I get to town (4 mile away) and I notice the signals don't work, Either direcftion. There is no "click-click" found it odd that both sides don't work.

I go to the grocery store and buy my stuff.

I get back in the car, and it fires right up. But a minute later the battery light comes on.

I figure, "I'm only 3 miles from home, I'll worry about it then,"

Then the traction control light comes on, then the ABS 30 seconds later, then the servive engine light.

Then I lose the lights in Dash.

Then the fuel and temp gauges go crazy, bouncing around like mad

Then the radio goes out.

Then I lose everything else in the dash, the tach and the speedometer, and the fuel and temp gauges go dead.

Then the radio kicks back on, and the car dies.

I coast to a stop. Sit for a moment and flick the car back on. The radio, locks and heater works. The interior lights work. The car does not turn over, It's dead on the side of the road.

Any Ideas? The first guess is battery, but it checks out. Ground? Alt? PCM? Act of God?

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PostSubject: Re: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySat Jan 08, 2011 1:16 pm

I'd put a large sum of money on it being the alternator. Measure the system voltage at the positive wire - I'm betting it's above 16 volts. This is probably what the SES light is trying to tell you (read the DTC codes) The internal voltage regular is probably shot. Check voltage first before you buy a new one, but that's my guess. $220 is a good price for a decent quality replacement.

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PostSubject: Re: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySat Jan 08, 2011 4:23 pm

That would cause it to not even turn over now? There were no warning signs or anything. In the matter of 8 miles the car went from running like a dream to crapping out entirely.
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PostSubject: Re: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySat Jan 08, 2011 9:07 pm

crazyjackcsa wrote:
That would cause it to not even turn over now? There were no warning signs or anything. In the matter of 8 miles the car went from running like a dream to crapping out entirely.

OK, then check the + terminal & ground under the hood, and see if you can turn either battery terminal with gentle pressure. Then jump it and check to see if your voltage has gone south...

On a long highway trip, I had a loose alternator belt on a Ford E350 take out the cruise control, then the fuel gauge, then the oil pressure gauge - and that beast wasn't computerized. If you used the last power in the battery to start the car, then I could see your getting the pinball-machine effect on the dashboard.
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PostSubject: Re: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySun Jan 09, 2011 12:30 am

Read this thread. Started out a lot like your situation. I did not have the no start problem, though.

http://rivperformance.editboard.com/t7112-alternator-failure-voltage-spike

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'98 SC Riviera • 281k miles • 298 HP/370 TQ • 0-60: 5.79s • ET: 13.97 @ 99.28 • 4087 lb • 20.1 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:30
3.4" pulley • AL104 plugs • 180º t-stat • FWI w/K&N • 1.9:1 rockers • OR pushrods • LS6 valve springs • SLP headers • ZZP fuel rails
KYB GR2 struts • MaxAir shocks • Addco sway bars • UMI bushings • GM STB • Enkei 18" EV5s w/ Dunlop DZ101s • F-body calipers
EBC bluestuff/Hawk HP plus • SS lines • Brembo slotted discs • DHP tuned • Aeroforce • Hidden Hitch

^^^ SOLD ^^^ frown

'05 GTO • 85k miles • 0-60: 4.8s • 16.9 avg MPG • Nelson Ledges Lap: 1:26
Because fun


'70 Olds Ninety-Eight Holiday Coupe • 116k miles • 455 Rocket V8
Because cool


'95 Celica • 152k miles • 0-60: yes
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PostSubject: Re: 1995 Electrical Problem!   1995 Electrical Problem! EmptySat Jan 22, 2011 2:44 pm

Turns out it was the alt, burnt out the rectifier, probably because of the old battery. Replaced the batt, had the alt rebuilt, all set to go.

Even found 52 cents in the back seat!
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