The "check gauges" light came on within 15 minutes of the alternator being replaced. I took the van out for a test drive; about 5 minutes into the drive, the light came on and the volltage meter dropped, but the van continued to run. I was less than a mile from home, so I turned around and came home immediately, not wanted to get stranded. I purchased the alternator, figuring to do this repair myself. I ended up having a friend who is a mechanic do it for me. I watched him put the new alternator in so I know it actually is the new one and was done correctly.
Monday, March 8th, 2010 AT 10:14 AM