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post #1 of 17 Old 01-02-2008, 08:49 AM Thread Starter
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Is it possible to Mess up your Alernator while 4x4'n?

Because on my way home the day after 4 wheelin my alternator went on me and i was stranded in the dark on the side of a freeway with no hazzards. I don't want this to happen again could this be due to me 4wheeling or is this irrelavent. If it could have caused it then I will check my Alternator after 4wheeling next time.

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post #2 of 17 Old 01-02-2008, 08:53 AM
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Because on my way home the day after 4 wheelin my alternator went on me and i was stranded in the dark on the side of a freeway with no hazzards. I don't want this to happen again could this be due to me 4wheeling or is this irrelavent. If it could have caused it then I will check my Alternator after 4wheeling next time.
Possibly if mud and water found their way into it... although I've had mine saturated a number of times and have not had any problems. More than likely your case was a coincidence.


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I did the 136 amp alternator upgrade and the guy at the junk yard had a whole stack of them for $25.00 each, so I got an extra one and keep it in my spare parts box under the duster cover.
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You should probably go over all wiring connections, including the grounding straps; a hard jolt may have may have loosened something!
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Mine died at Rubicon Springs at the Rubicon. I drove out through Cadillac Hill on battery power. It sucked because I was constantly worried about the battery dying. But I drove for 2 hours on an Optima Red Top without a problem. Finally I swapped batteries with my buddy before the battery died.

Alternators can go at any time, but definately mud can cause them to fail. I used to take my Jeep in the mud all the time. I had one fail during that period as well.


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I am in the process of putting on a new alternator, do i looen the serpentine by way of loosening the power steering pump bolts?
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I am in the process of putting on a new alternator, do i looen the serpentine by way of loosening the power steering pump bolts?
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post #9 of 17 Old 01-02-2008, 07:38 PM
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it's pretty much possible to mess up anything while 4x4'n...

4x4 makes me do dumb (but fun )stuff...i've even messed up my lighter...
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My buddy went hunting with his XJ and went through some deep stuff and he told me his alternator started squeeling and pretty much seized up. He also said he saw sparks on the ground behind him. I'd have to say it is possible but unlikely this is the cause of your alternator dieing. XJ's alternators are generally pretty low on the motor.
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Mine died at Rubicon Springs at the Rubicon. I drove out through Cadillac Hill on battery power. It sucked because I was constantly worried about the battery dying. But I drove for 2 hours on an Optima Red Top without a problem. Finally I swapped batteries with my buddy before the battery died.

Alternators can go at any time, but definately mud can cause them to fail. I used to take my Jeep in the mud all the time. I had one fail during that period as well.
Not to get to far off topic here, but i had a '82 rabbit that ran on a ****ty battery with no alt for about 1 hour 15 once.

So....i guess it would be reasonable to assume (if you were ever stuck on the trail without your alt) that you have anywhere from 1:15 - 2:00 hours untill you get into trouble.
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post #13 of 17 Old 01-03-2008, 08:44 AM Thread Starter
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Well I did submerge myself a few times on the trip. Unfortunatley my Battery Gauge Isnt connected or something because i dont get a different reading no matter how much battery i have i really should get that fixed. ahha
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Because on my way home the day after 4 wheelin my alternator went on me and i was stranded in the dark on the side of a freeway with no hazzards. I don't want this to happen again could this be due to me 4wheeling or is this irrelavent. If it could have caused it then I will check my Alternator after 4wheeling next time.
revisited...answer is yes
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