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  • #16
    Quite often itís easier just to buy a new alternator, that way youíre good for another 200,000-250,000km. Theyíre cheap on EBay. And to put the mistruths to bed about how far you can drive until your battery dies when youíve got a dead alternator. It all depends on the condition of your cranking battery, ie how new/old it is. My alternator died in my 90 series years ago and my battery went dead at Carnarvon Gorge. Luckily my battery was under 3 months old. I fully charged it the next morning via 200amp jumper cables hooked up to my friendís car and let it charge for 1hr, then drove the 820km home in a single day with him following me in case we needed a recharge. We put the windows down and used no other electrics during the drive. The windows stayed down, stereo & aircon stayed off. So that puts a few myths to bed.
    2005 120 series V6 Grande, 2 inch susp lift (King/EFS combo), 32 inch MT’s, Safari Snorkel, rear diff lock, breathers, Light Force spotlights, UHF, dual batteries.

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    • #17
      As a thought mate, have you checked the fuse in the engine bay fuse box marked Alt-S? Itís a brown 7.5Amp fuse. This basically tells the alternator when to charge and when not to charge. Depending upon what happened when the alternator threw in the towel... it may have blown that fuse.

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      • #18
        Had this exact same issue (filter, handbrake, and battery lamps on) yesterday evening but I stopped and restarted and all was fine - likewise this morning.

        Anyway I have ordered some brushes and will fit them at the weekend. Much cheaper than a new alternator so worth a try plus if mine is the original one it's done 381,800km.

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        • #19
          Just thought I'd post that the Toyota reconditioned alternators are only using the aluminium case and everything apart from that has been replaced EVERYTHING at about $295 from memory it compares with the after-market alternators. Also you don't need to send the old one back, that is only for Toyota dealers. I had to wait 2 days but for a genuine (so close to new) alternator a great deal. Ken.
          Ken
          3.4 GXL man 1997 petrol / gas, BFG mud tyres 265 75 16, front and rear camera, Jaycar 6300Lm LED 6.5" D/L * 2, 15W LED reversing/work light, diff breathers, 42mm lift, Rear Anderson plug, Dash cam, and way too much recovery gear for one vehicle to carry around. No more HID headlamps. No more Narva D/L.

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          • #20
            ken2m that's a great deal. You got this at a dealer parts place?

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            • #21
              A couple of years ago, thought I'd buy new and was told that they were no longer available but the reco ones were with all new internals. From Toyota dealer trade price.
              Ken
              3.4 GXL man 1997 petrol / gas, BFG mud tyres 265 75 16, front and rear camera, Jaycar 6300Lm LED 6.5" D/L * 2, 15W LED reversing/work light, diff breathers, 42mm lift, Rear Anderson plug, Dash cam, and way too much recovery gear for one vehicle to carry around. No more HID headlamps. No more Narva D/L.

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