Thank you for the donation.
Was the charging rate tested?
Alternator installation is rather simple and from your description of work done, it seems to be correct.
Is the alternator new or rebuilt? If it is a rebuilt unit, I would not discount the possibility if of it being bad as well.
The drain of 1.7 amp is rather high. Something could be on and not being turned off, mostly would be a sticking relay.
Monday, August 9th, 2010 AT 2:35 PM