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Old 11-10-2004, 04:44 PM   #1
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Help! 96 cobra mustang eating alternators

Help! My 96 cobra mustang (82000 miles) is eating alternators...I'm on my 3rd on this year, 2nd in one month...no mods to engine, new battery, new plug wires...the plastic regulator is also melting...if I can't get this sorted out I'm going to have to go back to Jap cars...

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Old 11-10-2004, 05:08 PM   #2
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Help! My 96 cobra mustang (82000 miles) is eating alternators...I'm on my 3rd on this year, 2nd in one month...no mods to engine, new battery, new plug wires...the plastic regulator is also melting...if I can't get this sorted out I'm going to have to go back to Jap cars...

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it sounds like either a short or a bad battery. Have you replaced your battery wires also?
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Old 11-10-2004, 05:48 PM   #3
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Battery is new (1 month), wires are a possibility...the car is at Goodyear for diagnostics...is there anything you'd recommend I discuss with them? Thanks for any help.
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Battery is new (1 month), wires are a possibility...the car is at Goodyear for diagnostics...is there anything you'd recommend I discuss with them? Thanks for any help.

well, the regulator melting would indicate a short or degradation in the main power cables on the battery. I would have them look for corroded wires or a short in you main battery wiring.
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Old 11-10-2004, 06:08 PM   #5
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Ok, wires are a good place to start...if you think of anything else, please let me know via this forum...

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Old 11-10-2004, 06:14 PM   #6
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Ok, wires are a good place to start...if you think of anything else, please let me know via this forum...

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no problem, good luck man, wouldn't want you getting rid a perfectly good car for a japanese car
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Old 11-10-2004, 11:12 PM   #7
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Im shore ull get it fixed sooner or later.......Great car you have dont get rid of it and go to the dark side( )
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Thanks guys, turns out there is a TSB that reads "if the battery is weak, the alternator will continue to attempt charging the battery causing the alternator to fail"...so another new battery, a new alternator (covered under warranty), a new serpentine belt and assurance that all wires were sound, got me back on the road...kudos to the Goodyear guys in Clearwater for a great job and getting me back into my Cobra and keeping me "with the force"
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glad to hear you got it fixed.
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good to hear thing are squared away. You would be surprised how many batteries cause failures prematurely

one thing I have noticed in my vehicles, is after a battery is used till it completely dies, the alternator dies within a year after replacement of the battery. I alway figured it becuase its life was diminished by the strain of a battery going dead.
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Old 12-17-2004, 07:25 AM   #11
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good to hear thing are squared away. You would be surprised how many batteries cause failures prematurely

one thing I have noticed in my vehicles, is after a battery is used till it completely dies, the alternator dies within a year after replacement of the battery. I alway figured it becuase its life was diminished by the strain of a battery going dead.
Go ahead and change the cables and regulator. Easy cheap upgrade, wont leave you on the roadside.

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Old 12-19-2004, 02:39 PM   #12
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Sorry to get on a old post but ford has allways had a problem with there plugs for electric stuff(alt, blower motor , headlight switch). I would make sure the plugs are clean and making good contact. They also make a grease to put on the plugs.
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He he he

Blew the doors off a Mercedes 600 SL...I guess 150,000 doesn't buy everything.
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Old 01-04-2005, 11:45 PM   #14
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My mother has a 500SEL and it runs good for a luxury car. But for speed you cant beat a cobra.
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