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Chevrolet 1500 Pickup Alternator May Fail and Cause Noise and Dead Battery

Chevrolet 1500 Pickup Problem
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Model Years Affected: 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999

Engines Affected: 4.3L V6, 5.7L V8, Gasoline

Average Mileage: 86,666 mi (80,000 mi - 90,000 mi)


The alternator may fail causing the battery to go dead, or an abnormal noise may develop. The dash warning light may or may not illuminate. A failed alternator will require replacement.

  • 08hunter, , 5.7L V8, 80,000 mi

    Alternator stopped charging battery. Replaced alternator with aftermarket high output alternator.

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  • Visitor, , 4.3L V6

    If I remember correctly,the first time was at 220,000 miles and then I had new brushes put in the alternator. That lasted maybe 50,000 and it went down again. Then I swapped the original alternator for a new delco at Autozone with warranty.I think this was the last time I replaced it and now I have over 250,000 miles on this alternator and still working good.

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  •  Rookie

    battery goes dead while driving vehicle. i have new alternator to put on. where do i find tension bolt to loosen belt?

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  • Visitor, , Gasoline, 90,000 mi

    Alternator froze and destroyed belt as well.

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