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Q: What could cause the alternator to go bad?
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Could bad wiring cause a alternator to go bad?

Yes it could.


Can the bad alternator cause the water pump to good bad?

The alternator is belt driven and so is the water pump but that is where the correlation ends. There is no way a bad alternator could cause a water pump to go bad unless the alternator pulley was warped. Then there is a small chance.


Can a bad battery cause an alternator to burn out?

No a bad batery could not cause the alternator to go bad .only if a big short happened to the battery and melted the cells in to a short inside the batt


Will an alternator cause a distributor to go bad?

No, it will not.


Would a bad alternator cause your air conditioner to blow warm air?

A bad alternator will cause a battery to go bad. It does not have an effect on the air conditioner.


Could a bad exhaust leak where its dumping exhaust out of the manifold out to the alt cause an alternator to go bad?

Yes, those exhaust gases are extremely hot and can cause the alternator to overheat. Not only that but that carbon monoxide can enter the vehicle and kill you.


What makes a brand new one week old alternator go bad?

If your battery is not fully functioning and needs to be replaced, it can make the alternator work harder. This could cause a brand new alternator to go bad. Check your battery, if the battery is not the issue, return the alternator, it should have a warranty on it for at least the first 30 days.


Would a faulty alternator cause the electrical system to pulsate on a 1996 Honda civic lx?

The voltage regulator in the alternator can cause issues like this when they start to go bad. The voltage regulator is an integrated part of the alternator and cannot be replaced, if it is bad, the entire alternator must be replaced.


Would the check engine light go on when the alternator is going bad?

It could.


What would cause an alternator to go bad?

Installing an alternator on a dead or poor battery will cause them to fail prematurely. trickle charge your battery before installing a new alternator. check all connections for corrosion especially grounds.


You replaced a bad alternator on a 99 wrangler. could that cause your fuel pump to go bad?

The alternator normally has absolutely nothing to do with the fuel pump. However, since they are not too far apart, in the process of replacing the alternator, something could have hit the fuel pump and damaged it. So, while there is an extremely high probability the two are not connected, there is a possibility they are connected.


Would a bad alternator cause a battery to go dead?

either the alternator is dischargeing the battery or it is going flat just because its not getting re charged


Why do Headlight go dim?

Could be a bad ground circuit Could be weak battery or alternator not supplying adequate voltage


Why the battery light on your mersedez wont go off?

The most common cause is a loose or broken alternator belt or bad alternator. Go to any auto parts store and they will check it for free.


When does the alternator go bad?

You cannot predict when an alternator will go bad. It may last 150,000 miles and it may only last 50,000 miles. It may go bad due to a bad bearing or internal short.


Can a bad alternator on a 97 Nissan Maxima cause the air bag light to go on with a ticking sound that eventually causes the engine to shut off?

A 97 Maxima can have these symptoms because of a bad alternator. If the alternator has low output there can be a ticking and eventually the engine will stop running.


Could idling too long cause the alternator on a 1998 Chevrolet pickup to go out?

Hey Dee ann==Not simply idleing the engine. If you had an extra load on it to cause it to overheat this could cause it. GoodluckJoe


Does an alternator make noises when it is going bad?

If bearings go bad they will "squeal"


What would cause multiple batteries to go dead after only 30 days on a 1999 Chevy Lumina?

could be your alternator


What would cause a 1989 Toyota Landcruisers brake AND battery warning lights to go off at the same time?

Alternator has/is going bad.


What causes a auto alternator to go bad or short out?

the alternator belt could be slipping so check the belt, the wiring at the alternator could be faulty do a check with a multimeter. open the alternator and check the diodes .apply battery power and see if the rotor still spins inside the stator see current output


What would cause the battery light to come on and the car to jerk and cut off on a 2000 Chevy Monte Carlo?

There is several things that can cause your battery light to come on. Go to your nearest Advance Auto Parts and have them hook up the battery and alternator tester because your alternator could be bad, or if you have a lot of electrical products such as a powerfull stereo system, gps, DVD player etc., you could be drawing to many amps for you battery and alternator to keep a charge


What would go bad if you wired an alternator reverse polarity?

You would probably toast the diodes in the alternator.


What would make a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee lose power when driven and won't start when it sits there it will start and will run then lose power again?

it could possibly be the battery or the alternator check both. from the way it sounds that the alternator is going out and is making the battery work to hard and causeing it to go bad it could possibly be the battery or the alternator check both. from the way it sounds that the alternator is going out and is making the battery work to hard and causeing it to go bad


What is the noise that a bad alternator will make?

If bearings go bad on a alternator/ will make a grindind noise or long squilling noise.. but if only electronic's inside alternator are damage no noise wil be heard