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 > <firstname.lastname@example.org> 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 <email@example.com> > To: Okie Benz <firstname.lastname@example.org> > 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 > > Sent from my iPad > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > > > > > _______________________________________ > http://www.okiebenz.com > > To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ > > To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: > http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com > _______________________________________ http://www.okiebenz.com To search list archives http://www.okiebenz.com/archive/ To Unsubscribe or change delivery options go to: http://mail.okiebenz.com/mailman/listinfo/mercedes_okiebenz.com