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Alternator time for Jolene.

My Papaw and I replaced Jolene’s alternator tonight and the horrific squeal/squeak sound she was making is now gone. The old alternator was still charging but was on the verge of seizing due to failed bearings inside of it - hence the noise. And, that alternator itself was a remanufactured unit. So, this is at least Jolene’s third alternator in 30 years.

The replacement was a lot more involved than we expected, with several brackets and bolts and the coolant overflow tank having to be removed or adjusted out of the way.

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My Papaw is an amazing small engine mechanic. He can fix anything. He has a side business working on lawn mowers, tillers, pressure washers, etc. and selling them.

He does not like working on cars, though, but I’m the exception. Ha. This is the second alternator we’ve replaced in this backyard, with the first being my ‘92 Beretta’s in 2006.

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The last pic is the amazing view from their backyard at sunset. Ah, Kentucky.

Also...there was an intermittent “check engine” light on in the car before and recently it had started coming on and staying on a LOT more. I drove all the way home with the new alternator tonight and it didn’t come on once. I don’t know that a failing alternator could trigger a “check engine” light and not a charge light on an OBD1 car, though. So, it was probably a coincidence.

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