As I said in a previous reply, I took a chance and lost. It happens.

If there was a bright side, it's that the alternator on these cars is pretty 
easy to replace. First one took maybe 90 minutes, the second under an hour.

Not something I want to be good at, however.

Dan

> On Jun 10, 2015, at 8:37 AM, Curt Raymond via Mercedes 
> <mercedes@okiebenz.com> wrote:
> 
> Some will remember when I went through this with my '83 240D and put many 
> alternators in before getting one that lasted. I don't remember the exact 
> number, it was at least 3. My Indy was getting plenty tired of seeing me show 
> up...
> -Curt
> 
>      From: Dan Penoff via Mercedes <mercedes@okiebenz.com>
> To: Okie Benz <mercedes@okiebenz.com> 
> Cc: Dan Penoff <d...@penoff.com> 
> Sent: Wednesday, June 10, 2015 8:26 AM
> Subject: [MBZ] When It Rains, It Pours...
> 
> Holy mother of pearl, I swear this stuff goes in waves....
> 
> Oldest boy comes in last night about 7:30:
> 
> "The battery light on my car (1998 S420) came on. Should I get the battery 
> checked?"
> 
> I go out and go over the car. All seems well except for the voltage at the 
> battery while the car is running: about 12.25 VDC. Hmm.
> 
> I tell him to go get it checked at Advance Auto and report back.
> 
> 20 minutes later he returns. "They checked my battery and said it's good," as 
> he hands me the little thermal paper printout from their diagnostic machine.
> 
> I then realize I wasn't specific enough in telling him to have them do a full 
> charging system check, so I climb in the car with him and we go to another 
> Advance Auto nearby (we have two within four miles of the house.)
> 
> We get there, they test the system, flat line for alternator output. Bingo! 
> So much for the reman I bought from them and installed on the car back in 
> November of last year, with lifetime warranty, I might add.
> 
> So we return to the house and jump in my car, as it's now dark and I don't 
> want to risk it in his car with the headlights on. We then go to the other 
> Advance Auto to get an alternator, which the other store didn't have in stock.
> 
> Interestingly, this part number was not the one for the car in their 
> application list, however, it was in November. Not only that, but in November 
> the core was $105! It's now $50. Strange.
> 
> We get the alternator, head back to the house, and spend an hour swapping it 
> out. New one works just fine, makes plenty of electricity.
> 
> Today the parts for the S500 come in. I only hope I am as lucky with it as we 
> were with the S420. And I hope this is the end of car issues for a while. I'm 
> beginning to feel like a full time mechanic.
> 
> Oy.
> 
> Dan
> 
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