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I currently have a 2013 Ford fusion with a 104,000 miles on it and I took to orielys and they said that the alternator was bad. Is that common for the miles on my vehicle?

 

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Sade

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10 hours ago, Sade said:

I currently have a 2013 Ford fusion with a 104,000 miles on it and I took to orielys and they said that the alternator was bad. Is that common for the miles on my vehicle?

 

Thanks

Sade

Alternator failures are not common, but didn't you acknowledge in another topic that your vehicle was involved in a passenger side collision?

That was possibly not a good thing for the alternator which is located on that side

 

I think it is important that posters declare the history of their vehicle (especially collision damage) when asking for advice here.

 

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3 hours ago, eGuru said:

Alternator failures are not common, but didn't you acknowledge in another topic that your vehicle was involved in a passenger side collision?

That was possibly not a good thing for the alternator which is located on that side

 

I think it is important that posters declare the history of their vehicle (especially collision damage) when asking for advice here.

 

..and provide some specific detail regarding the immediate issue as well.  What made you take the car to O'Reilly's in the first place?  Was the warning light on?  Was the battery going dead?  Were lights getting dim?  These are factors that are important to post when asking questions.

 

WRT alternator life, 104K is certainly not unheard of.

 

howstuffworks.com:

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... an alternator is an auto part that cannot last forever. Because there are so many factors that can affect its life, it's hard to say exactly how long an alternator can actually last. It depends on the car, the engine, the conditions in which it's used, how much electrical equipment it's regularly operating and so on. Some cars may lose an alternator at 40,000 miles (64,374 kilometers) while others may continue to operate well after 100,000 miles (160,934 kilometers).

 

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Yes the lights are dim and when I start the car I here a clicking sound and my blink. There was no warning light on or anything.

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Yes I was in a collision last June and there damage to the passenger side. I also took off the positive battery cable and my car did not turn off earlier today.

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9 minutes ago, Sade said:

Yes I was in a collision last June and there damage to the passenger side. I also took off the positive battery cable and my car did not turn off earlier today.

Don't know exactly what you mean by this.

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That was a reply to the first person who responded back. Sorry about that. I took it to orielys so that could test the alternator and it has been having trouble starting for the past couple of weeks. They said it was the alternator but earlier today I disconnected the positive battery cable and the car stayed on. My light are dim and when I get the start the car my radio is off and my lights blink and then come back on

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The battery should never be disconnected while the car is running as voltage spikes may damage the electronics.

 

How old is your battery. That is more likely what you need - not an alternator.

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Ok. I bought the battery about a year-and-a-half ago.

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Also when I was at O'Reilly's yesterday they scanned my car for any codes with a scanner and 2 codes came up one of them was no DTC definition found and the other one was Ambient Air temperature sensor High circuit do you have any idea what any of those mean and I just replaced the Ambient Air Temperature Sensor yesterday

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