warning! our alternator harness sucks
So my battery light came on today while driving back to my buddies place after taking a miata for a test drive. It came on, and turned off multiple times and i could hear a clicking noise (relay?) behind the gauge cluster, and it wanted to stall if i let it go to idle. Checked the forums found out the common is that the wire between the alternator and the battery comes loose, hapily i returned to my car with trsuty nut-driver and screwdriver only to find that on the three wire harness from the alternator the second wire had snapped right up close to the clip so splicing was out, not good. called a local ford dealer, but i called them at 12:12 and parts dept. had just closed, so i was up the creek. checked every parts store in my area to get the harness and had to settle for some wire, a soldering iron, and my "fix it till its broke" mentality. i trimmed a metri-pack to fit into the second wire slot of the clip and soldered the H-E-double hockey sticks out of it, spliced some wire to the other two wires and spliced that back into the ford harness while kneeling on my engine and reaching behind the intake, because Ford for some reason doesnt believe in having any slack in thier wires. its working for now and ill replace the harness as soon as i can properly (monday) but be on the look out if your vehicle begins showing you a battery light and a clicking noise behind the gauge cluster. i'd post pics but of course it was friggin raining while i did the whole job in the street by my buddies place which is about an hour from mine. Oh by the way if you need a soldering iron do not go to: Radio shack, Best buy, bond auto, napa, or autozone, for some reason they dont carry them. Home Depot does for some reason...
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