Alternator is all fixed! I might be imagining things but the S4 feels a lot stronger. Maybe the old alternator was working hard to produce voltage and taking away some power from the engine. I don't know. Anyway had to re-align the fog lights since they were a little off because the bumper was removed. I think I might have some good help for feature project (see left). My daughter is only 1 (21 months) years old and she figured how to help me install a fog light after watch me with the other one.
Anyway, all that is left on the repair list is a possible EGT Sensor and replacing the injector gaskets as one of them has a vacuum leak. Not looking forward to that one as it takes forever to removing the fuel rails, but I've done it before when replacing the Aux Water Pump so hopefully it will go faster.
Well it appears my alternator is on it's way out. The little one was sleeping in the back seat and I was in a parking lot waiting for my wife to come out of the store when my radar detector flashed low voltage. It does that from time to time but usally a power cycle will fix it. This time it did not. A min later the battery light on my car flashed on. This is the first time I've seen that icon. Looked at the ScanGuageII and it says the voltage was 10.1 volts. Oh wow, that's not good. Turned the stereo, blower, and A/C off and volatage went to 11.1 volts. The idle started to get a little ruff so I drove around the block thinking it would help the alternator charge up the battery. Well no luck and the voltage level is starting to dip down again. I guess back to the shop to get it looked at. Currently I'm keeping the battery charged with a battery charger. It seems to be helping for the time being...
Well I got a coolant leak somewhere on the S4. Last weekend when driving to Portland, OR. it started overheating when we were stuck in traffic. I come out to the garage today to find a big puddle of coolant on the floor and zero coolant in the car. Thank god my wife now works at my friend's auto shop... we will see what the issue is now.
Also, got a odd electric motor sound. Hard to explain but it sound like a electric motor running like mad. I don't think it is a bad turbo but something else. I hope it is not the Aux (after run) pump as I just replaced that last summer.
I'm sorry to say, but once the auto loan is paid off it may be time to find something that is more reliable. Seems the more I baby this car the more it craps on me. The credit card can't take anymore... if you know what I mean.
Update... So it is just a leak in the reservoir tank. So a easy fix with a new tank. Parts should be in tomorrow and replaced in no time. Likely time to do a coolant flush since it's mostly running on water.