1997 Dodge Caravan Driving with a bad alternator

Tiny
ROB BINGAMAN
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • AWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 16,000 MILES
I'll be driving the van in for alternator replacement later today in light to medium traffic. It's about 28 miles including freeway if I take the quicker route - 40 minutes; or about 19 miles and 45 minutes by the shorter route. The alternator isn't charging at all. What's the better way to drive - faster, slower; longer, shorter? The battery is brand new (34N), about 900 CCA, and I don't remember the reserve rating.
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Thursday, June 19th, 2008 AT 11:43 AM

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Tiny
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Use the route with Less traffic
less stop and go and easier to get help if needed
make sure you don t use any power
if possible no radio and no lights no AC or heat
its a risk you taken
have it towed and or repaired

if the battery is fully charged you could drive over an hour and still make it.

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Thursday, June 19th, 2008 AT 12:07 PM

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