Hi all - I need your help finding out what could have led the alternator in the Fleetwood to fail.
The other day I went to pick up my kids from school. I got there early so I parked and waited.
Since my cell phone battery was about to die, I decided to start charging my phone. I had never charged anything inside this car since I got it early this year but was worried job recruiters would call me and wouldn't be able to get a hold of me.
Anyway, while the car was off I pushed the USB car charger into the cigarette lighter output and to my surprise the red light on the charger lit up. This told me the car didn't need to be on so I left it charging. Once kids got out of school I turned the car on and drove away. This is what happened next in chronological order:
- A/C began to blow warm air
- Next, the battery light on dash lit up
- Anti-lock brakes light lit up
- By now, I had shut off the A/C and radio and had unplugged the charger (hot to the touch)
- The transmission then started acting up; I would accelerate but car was barely moving
At this time I decided to pull into a Walgreen's parking lot because I knew we were not gonna make it home. Opened the hood, checked the battery and it was really hot
Left the car and went home to get a battery. Since I wasn't far from the house I figured I could drive it w/o any problems and I did.
Could this cheaply made USB charger (no certification whatsoever) be the culprit of what happened or could there be something much more serious with the electrical wiring in this car?
What should I check for? I am afraid to even try a different USB charger. I wonder if the alternator which happens to be a REMANUFACTURED one was also reaching its end and it was all a coincidence that everything happened at the same time.
Since i bought the battery at Pep Boys, they were able to charge it fully so it's fine now. Car is now running fine as I borrowed the alternator from the other Fleetwood (the one on my signature).
This is a picture of the USB charger I used, cheaply made like I said but I needed it at that time:
This is the alternator that went bad. Have any of you dealt with a similar model before? Not sure where the last car owner bought it but it's not from Advanced Auto parts (I called and nothing came up using that number on label). I still have to call Pep Boys and Auto Zone as those are the other 2 auto parts stores found in this area.
Any opinions on either of the questions?