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Old 31 Aug 2011, 02:53 pm
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Smile alternator

I have a 2001 pt classic and my alternator is on its way out,could you tell me if any other year alternator will fit it please.
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Old 31 Aug 2011, 04:02 pm
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First off, welcome to the forums, sorry you are having a problem.

Second, if you don't mind me asking, how do you know it's the alternator? I run the devil out of my PT and have had all kinds of electrical problems, not one related to the alternator. I kept thinking it was going bad when all my lights started strobing to the beat of the music I was playing, then I started getting odd problems like strange indications on my gauges but never any trouble codes.

Finally took it to Advance Auto where they load tested my alternator and it was not just fine, it was great. So they checked the battery and it had one cell almost totally dead and another on it's way out. Replaced with a bigger battery, bigger as in CCA, etc., and have not had the problems since.

If it is your alternator, there are two places I suggest you contact to find a good used one. First would be Jeff, aka StealthMode, then second would be SlickRock at Cruiser Parts Warehouse on ebay. He's a great guy, I know him and he's local here in the Carolinas. He usually, like Jeff, has a great list of parts. Also same as Jeff, if it's not listed, drop him a message as he's always on the lookout for parts.

I can't guarantee the work of either of these vendors that I've specified. I can only say my past experience with them has been nothing short of pleasurable.


Also you should read through some of the other posts on Bad Alternators:
I THINK I HAVE A BAD ALTERNATOR
Occasional light flicker - bad ground?
All the lights on the panel go on and needles (gas, mph, tac) go down
Electrical issue?

You'll notice from reading through these threads that a common denominator is the grounding system on the PT. It's got a "floating ground" system, meaning you should be able to ground direct to the chassis anywhere and not need to run a negative cable back to the battery negative terminal. Good idea, but makes for lousy grounds, including those from battery and alternator to ground.

Last, I've searched diligently through the forums for the "Big Three" resolution, that is as in how to upgrade cable connections and especially grounding, but have had no luck. I'm hoping someone else will post up the link to it as I'm getting ready to do that mod myself. Regardless if it's your alternator or not, this mod is well worth doing!

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Old 31 Aug 2011, 11:31 pm
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Default Re: alternator

Newer Neons fit, they're only 85 Amps but you can get em cheap
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Old 01 Sep 2011, 02:00 am
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First off, welcome to the forums, sorry you are having a problem.

Second, if you don't mind me asking, how do you know it's the alternator? I run the devil out of my PT and have had all kinds of electrical problems, not one related to the alternator. I kept thinking it was going bad when all my lights started strobing to the beat of the music I was playing, then I started getting odd problems like strange indications on my gauges but never any trouble codes.

Finally took it to Advance Auto where they load tested my alternator and it was not just fine, it was great. So they checked the battery and it had one cell almost totally dead and another on it's way out. Replaced with a bigger battery, bigger as in CCA, etc., and have not had the problems since.

If it is your alternator, there are two places I suggest you contact to find a good used one. First would be Jeff, aka StealthMode, then second would be SlickRock at Cruiser Parts Warehouse on ebay. He's a great guy, I know him and he's local here in the Carolinas. He usually, like Jeff, has a great list of parts. Also same as Jeff, if it's not listed, drop him a message as he's always on the lookout for parts.

I can't guarantee the work of either of these vendors that I've specified. I can only say my past experience with them has been nothing short of pleasurable.


Also you should read through some of the other posts on Bad Alternators:
I THINK I HAVE A BAD ALTERNATOR
Occasional light flicker - bad ground?
All the lights on the panel go on and needles (gas, mph, tac) go down
Electrical issue?

You'll notice from reading through these threads that a common denominator is the grounding system on the PT. It's got a "floating ground" system, meaning you should be able to ground direct to the chassis anywhere and not need to run a negative cable back to the battery negative terminal. Good idea, but makes for lousy grounds, including those from battery and alternator to ground.

Last, I've searched diligently through the forums for the "Big Three" resolution, that is as in how to upgrade cable connections and especially grounding, but have had no luck. I'm hoping someone else will post up the link to it as I'm getting ready to do that mod myself. Regardless if it's your alternator or not, this mod is well worth doing!
thanks for the advice I had recovery come out twice one said it was the battery and the other said alternator,so I am popping it down the garage this morning hoping it will be just the battery fingers crossed.
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Old 01 Sep 2011, 06:30 pm
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Advance Auto, AutoZone, Napa, many auto parts stores test for free. If you're paying them to test it, not good when you can get it done for free in hundreds of locations. Course, I don't know where you are, maybe you're some place with no auto parts stores, like Poland maybe....lmao.....
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