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Old 03-31-2009, 11:11 AM   #16
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^ your alternator could be going. That is if you got a decent battery. Do your headlights go brighter at night when you give it gas?
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:14 AM   #17
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I bought the battery last night!!!! It's brand new!!|!
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Old 03-31-2009, 11:18 AM   #18
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Battery light: alternator. Your battery was new and freshly charged, so it didn't show up until the battery started to die, ie, after a period of running the car. You need to test the car's voltage with a meter, but I bet that's why your last battery was weak. Or, a dead battery or a shorted one can ruin the alternator since it is trying to charge something that is shorted or draining badly.

There should be a small rubber tube that goes out the drain flap towards the ground. This should be connected to the vent line on the battery.
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Old 03-31-2009, 08:14 PM   #19
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Buy my taurus, the stupid thing isnt gone yet
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Old 04-01-2009, 06:47 AM   #20
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no thaks, I have enough problems
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Old 04-01-2009, 10:37 AM   #21
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Update? What is happening?
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:01 AM   #22
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It's now at the garage. They will check it out this morning.
I drove it last night from the gas station to the garage. There was some strange noises coming from under the hood and the rmp was not stable.

I'll keep you guys updated
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Old 04-01-2009, 11:46 AM   #23
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sounds like you have a faulty alternator and/or your wiring is keeping something on to drain your battery...
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:03 PM   #24
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Alternator is easy to find. Leaking head gasket: not so much.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:13 PM   #25
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hey guy, just in case I need one, anybody as a alternator for a 86 325e?
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:36 PM   #26
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ive got one for an M20, not sure if they're compatible, never played with an e
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It looks like i was a bit lucky in my bad luck.

The strap that gives power to the water pump and to the alternator broke down.
So no more water to the engine, and no more power to the battery...
The pressure build-up in the radiator causes the coolant to be ejected from the system, so that explain the steam.

I was told the engine did not suffer from it...
The strap will be replaced this afternoon. They will let the engine run for about 45 minutes just to be sure everything is fine.

If it's only that and that there is no permanent damages to the car, I will pray the lord tonight...

I'll keep you guys updated.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:39 PM   #28
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well that is pretty lucky, shame you didnt notice the belt failure before.
Hope all goes well
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While you at it clean the battery clamps/connectors. If there is any corrosion on them it could cause problems.

And look at the brighter side, you now know that batterie is actually spelled battery, just kidding i had to.
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Old 04-01-2009, 01:56 PM   #30
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While you at it clean the battery clamps/connectors. If there is any corrosion on them it could cause problems.

And look at the brighter side, you now know that batterie is actually spelled battery, just kidding i had to.
F*** you!
Kidding, I can take a good joke when I deserve it.
Hey, I'm learning here!
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