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Old 03-09-2010, 09:10 PM   #1 (permalink)
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318i alternator dead

hey guys i need help again, my alternator is on its way out(i think), my stereo now comes up with dc error(direct current i think) and sometimes my lights will just dim down while driving and my battery is fine ive checked that, so im going to change the alternator, now can i just get any alternator to suit a 3 series? or does it have to be a specific 318i alternator? cause i think i need to get one thats more powerful than the original one i got as i do have a massive alpine sound system in the car
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Sounds like your right....alternator may be on its way out. But if your sound system is drawing excessive amps, then your alternator may just not be putting out enough. I don't know what kind of autoparts stores you have in your area, but where I live they can usually check out your charging system free. This way you can pinpoint the exact problem. As for changing out your alternator for a higher output, I would just recommend that you make sure it will fit with your engine brackets. Good luck! =D
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