Is it my alternator??

AmberDawn5280
0

Asked by AmberDawn5280 Feb 26, 2013 at 01:06 PM about the 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have an 02 cavalier, talked to a few people
who seem to think it's the alternator. The
car starts fine, no lights are on but once I
take it out of park there is a clicking noise
and the service light comes on. For now it
seems to run alright but I really can't afford
a breakdown. With almost 200,000 miles
she runs like a champ and I would like to
figure out whats wrong and fix it asap. I'm a
little overdue on an oil change but I've
checked the oil and it's not low. Just want
some idea so I know what I'm looking at
financially.
Thanks,
Amber

7 Answers

judge_roy
Not Active

What you must do is test the voltage at the battery. It should be 13.5~ if it's less than that, we've got charging problems. You could buy a used alternator from car-part.com (this is the main connector to auto salvage yards that actually have a handle on what's for sale) I'll shop for you if you'd like! rebuilt ones are cheap too, would save on shipping and you could take it back after it doesn't work (bout half don't do their job!...trouble with rebuilt alternators) the junkyard apes will give it a whirl to make sure it has output and wouldn't waste your time like that. Quite certain that if you went local, the local Salvagery would put you right....on the cheap~

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.
judge_roy
Not Active

on ebay, there are skads of them...this one is 28 with FREE SHIPPING...just need confirmation from the seller that it works and shazaaaa~

tenspeed
64,245

Don't go changing the alternator because people tell you to. Test it first. Find out what is lighting the service light. -- On the Grand Am, a blown headlight will turn the light on, check your low and high beams and do a lamp check while you are at it..

judge_roy
Not Active

apparently you can get your service report for FREE! at a local parts supplier. you might have to research this-

judge_roy
Not Active

I'm not telling anything. The battery voltage is speaking for me.

John Saffrahn
20,415

Tenspeed is 100% correct, my fiances high beam bulb loved to burn out on her 01 Sunfire. The daytime running lights come on as soon as you put it into gear. The high beam bulb is the daytime running light with 6Volts, instead of 12. Turn on your headlights manually before you put the car in drive, that will stop that relay from going crazy because it will skip turning on the DRLs.

John Saffrahn
20,415

You should also notice the dashboard lights flash on and off with the relay clicking

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Is it my alternator? 1 answer

    My abs warning light came on and the ac went warm at the same time. Also my battery light would come on and go off when I would push the gas. I didn't lose power steering and no other lights came on....

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • is it my alternator? 4 answers

    I was at the store the other day and my would not turn. I received a boost but on my way on my power steering turned off aswell as my lgiht for the battery and oil went on (though i had an oil change ...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • is it my alternator? 1 answer

    i was at the store the other day and my car wouldnt start. after I received a boost i was driving on my way home an my power steering went out as well as my oil and battery light went on, and i could ...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • is it my alternator? 2 answers

    my friend and i were driving in his 2002 chevy cavalier and we pulled into a parking lot and the car just died on us we tried jump starting the car the dash would light up for a second and thats it it...

    2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Base

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • alternator replacement 2 answers

    how to replace alternator

    2004 Chevrolet TrailBlazer LT 4WD

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

Cavalier
Looking for a Used Cavalier in your area?
CarGurus has 1,512 nationwide Cavalier listings starting at $1,495.
ZIP:

Search Chevrolet Cavalier Questions

Chevrolet Cavalier Experts

#1 John Saffrahn
John Saffrahn
Reputation 1,760
#2 dandyoun
dandyoun
Reputation 930
#3 mbar1
mbar1
Reputation 720
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Honda Civic"
1,033 Great Deals out of 64,636 listings starting at $1,400
Used Chevrolet Malibu"
1,104 Great Deals out of 60,369 listings starting at $799
Used Chevrolet Impala"
1,389 Great Deals out of 58,845 listings starting at $1,700
Used Ford Focus"
946 Great Deals out of 56,133 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord"
1,192 Great Deals out of 62,589 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Corolla"
1,299 Great Deals out of 53,373 listings starting at $1,988
Used Pontiac Sunfire"
534 listings starting at $999
Used Ford Mustang"
530 Great Deals out of 35,458 listings starting at $1,600
Used Chevrolet S-10"
43 Great Deals out of 1,634 listings starting at $1,850
Used Dodge Neon"
12 Great Deals out of 1,068 listings starting at $1,400
Used Toyota Camry"
1,601 Great Deals out of 80,610 listings starting at $1,200
Used Nissan Maxima"
442 Great Deals out of 14,101 listings starting at $1,800

Used Cars For Sale