So, after experiencing some "check gauges" illumination and voltage fluctuating between 12-16 while running, I've decided to delve further than just changing my own oil. After this happened, Jeep has turned over okay every time but once. Once it was dead and then all of my gauges started ticking and jumping in synchronization. I let it sit for a min and then tried again and she started fine, but I still have the gauges light coming on and fluctuating voltage. I cleaned and inspected all of the battery/alternator connections and they look okay but the problem persists.
I'm at 99,750 km (I'm from Canada) which means my alternator is probably to blame. Wouldn't you say? Up here some parts tend to have a clockwork 100,000km life span.
I've been doing my best with the search function on here but I'm coming up empty handed for '02 alternator compatibility with Durango and Cherokee. I see lots of talk about the '96-'99 models and even some for '03-'06 upgrades, but I'm not looking to upgrade. I'm looking to be cost effective and I'm not shelling out $500 for some mean green situation when jeepers in the same Sport build range ('97-'02) are getting sweet junk yard deals or rebuilds on compatible alternator models. I'm not running a winch or light bar or mega sound system so I just need to know if any of you jeepers out there have done a successful swap for something efficient but cheaper.
Please let me know your expert recommendations. What alternator should I get and from where? Or if you could direct me in the way of an older thread for an '02 swap that would be great too.
This will be my first time actually wrenching on my jeep, wish me luck.