@ 160K on a stock alternator, just consider it preventative maintenance. It'd of gone out soon anyways.
Do check the "Hatch Wiring" though. It was my initial thought of why your problems started and I didn't see anyone mention it (odd).
I did see that in another thread somewhere. If you mean the rubber covering connecting the body to the hatch it appears perfect on the exterior. I agree on the alternator so while it may have went awhile I am glad it is out of the way. Thanks.
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