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DODGE CARAVAN ALTERNATOR PROBLEM

2003 Dodge Caravan • 280,000 miles

At times the van will come to an almost stall (lose power in dash, radio goes quieter and the heater will slow down) when it slows to approx 45 km. It does not do it every time though. I have gone through four alternators within the past 6 years. This last one was installed two weeks ago and I can hear a noise when driving. Any suggestions on where to start looking?
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Keeley
January 23, 2013.




Where is the noise coming from the alternator?Do you have a multi meter to do some testing?

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2013.
It is coming from the alternator. Yes I can make arrangements to have a multi meter testing.

Tiny
Keeley
Jan 23, 2013.
Well if the alternator is whining its probably ad or going bad. At idle read the battery voltage at the battery?

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2013.
I will have to go to the shop to get that done. I am trying to familiarize myself with the problem so that when I take it to the shop I can explain to the mechanic what it is so that I will not get ripped off. I am hoping this is a fairly inexpensive repair.
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Tiny
Keeley
Jan 23, 2013.
Who put the alternator in?It should still be under warranty.

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2013.
Yes, it is under warranty, I just took it to a new mechanic and he assured me that it was under warranty. I just am a little concerned with an electrical issue. Was hoping that you might have came across this before and could recommend something.

Tiny
Keeley
Jan 23, 2013.
If you let me know what there repairing along with your zip code I can give you an idea of the repair cost.

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2013.
I put a alternator in a 2002 caravan about a yr ago and it failed just recently all depends on how good the rebuild/new one is. Things aren't built like they used to be as you well know lol.

Saturntech9
Jan 23, 2013.

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