HELP! '93 318 Alternator Problem
OK, so for the last year I have notice flickering etc...I figured it was the alternator/voltage regulator. Well it finally went, I was driving and everything dimmed an out I went. Luckily I was in front of the auto store. So I replace the alternator and I think all is well. Driving for 10 minutes, all the lights go dim and the car is about to stall, the n...POOF, the alternator kicks in and the car runs great for the next two hours. NOw every time I start it it does the same thing, runs down the battery until it is alsomost dead and then the alternator kicks in. The last time it happenned the car died and I needed a jump. Then it dimmied again and POOF! the alternator kicked in and car ran fine.
Once the laternator kicks in there is no flickering, all the juice is there, battery gets charged, it all is great.
SO, I thought maybe the battery is bad, but why would that matter once the car is started? Maybe I blew a fuse? Maybe something needs to warm up before the alternator kicks in? I am at a loss. This is my daily driver and I am in trouble if I cannot get to work..
PLEASE HELP!!!! Thanks...