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In this video I have a look at a lady's 2009 Scion xA that she dropped off because the engine light was flashing and then all of a sudden the battery light came on too. Are the problems related? Well....kind of.
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97 thoughts on “Scion xd: a misfire killed the alternator!?”
  1. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Aaron Johnson says:

    That was nice of the customer to leap for the entire alternator. She said the same for the decoupling pulley just like you did, “ain’t nobody got time for that”

  2. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars nitrous07me says:

    What about the “Maintence required” light? No time for an oil change Eric?😅

  3. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars darkwing4 says:

    With that many miles, the slip ring brushes were probably almost used up anyway,,, I think replacement was justified,,, 🙂

  4. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mark Wheeler says:

    Eric, you're always addressing your comments to "you fellows" or "you guys." What ever happened with Miss Hannah and Miss Marie?

  5. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Matwe69 says:

    Lol switching the altinator pulley and sending it back 🤣 that would be some sly shit 🤣

  6. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars TurboFlush says:

    I didn't know that existed. A clutched alternator. Hmm

  7. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Captain Morgan says:

    You are a good man sir.

  8. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jimmyqballs says:

    Shame Toyota stopped making Scions. They were good reliable cars for a younger generation

  9. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lasse Kviesgaard says:

    It all comes to what kind of money the costumer wants to pay and how long they want to keep the car. Personally I’d just change the pulley

  10. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Extra Steez says:

    mr O do you tighten the belt tension to that spec whenever you remove and install the belt or do you only do that when its a new belt. because when I work on that drive system i just mark the bolt with a paint marker then return it back to original spot… just curious of reasoning. only thing I could think of is the new belt isn't going to have as much stretch

  11. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Leigh Pike says:

    Had a failed alternator on a Mazda tribute, client wanted a second hand one to replace it, so I asked my son to get it from his local pick a part, same sort of place as Wilberts.
    He thought he wouldn't have to much trouble, not realising that it was between the firewall and the block just above the suspension and the car was on the ground, by the time he got it out the place had closed and everyone had gone, gates locked and guard dogs loose….oops.

  12. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Steve Perrett says:

    good move new alternator with that mileage

  13. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jeb common says:

    Great video, your knowledgeable and efficient. Awsome that you worked late to get the vehicle back to them quickly.

  14. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars John Schuler says:

    Based on my own experience / observation around aircraft … where PREVENTION is the name of the game … perhaps everyone is better off when ALL 4 Coils are replaced when ONE FAILS. Esp. on an in-line 4 where it is only MINUTES to CHANGE all of them.

    In my own case, I REPLACED (all 6) Coils (with OEM parts) on my Toyota / Lexus SUV … along with the "mandatory" (all 6) iridium plugs change-out … at the 120K service.

    The dealers love to just ignore the coils and then come back and change each coil as it fails … one-at-a-time; $700 for each rear coil. And $400 for each front coil. Ditto the alternator at high mileage. BTW … I AGREE with the Lady … change that ANCIENT ALTERNATOR, too!
    John in the NW

  15. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars tim morris says:

    why do they have a key lanyard with anus written on it ? 🤣

  16. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Dave J says:

    Sods law.
    You'd have changed the decoupler pulley and the car would be back for an alternator a short time later.
    Long term you've probably saved the lady money and fair play to her for making a wise decision 👏

  17. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars DIY Misfit "Not_a_Mechanic" says:

    Won't be long before your cricket shows up, to keep you company while working late. He'll serenade you for a couple hours before you go home.

  18. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars William T. Musil says:

    Hiya Eric

  19. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Brad Klingensmith says:

    You're a good man Mr O.

  20. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars haleysdad2004 says:

    Nothing like a little lube, wiggling, and feeling. 😂

  21. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mice InOz says:

    Nah, change the alternator as 'some guy' has poked something sharp into the rotating stuff😊 Nice of you to work late to look after your customers. Customer service is getting pretty thin on the ground these days.

  22. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Gary Conrad says:

    I like the way you set to music what you are really thinking.

  23. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mel Meter says:

    short and sweet…………very cool! no distractions either. miss those old videos you took things apart to find out why they failed but time is money.

  24. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Xombi Xombi says:

    246k on a yoda at 23 years and a problem again a year later. Sounds like a lemon law case for Duewe ,Cheatem and Howe. . Seriously, we should all be so fortunate. On the lady's side if you really need to rent a car, the going rate is over $100 a day. If cars are available, and they lie about that. . Will an aftermarket overrunning clutch match up and work? Eric has the part, the correct part to solve it in hand. Back to school time and sales to be at. good vid thanks.

  25. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars vborg001 says:

    Awesome job!!

  26. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Lert Somboon says:

    Is it possible for a refreshment class video on how to delete your hard drive from your computer? 🙂

  27. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars mannys9130 says:

    Proud of my Toyotas. 💪😎 So simple. The Nissan was miserable.

  28. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Spc. Callahan says:

    Parts cannon 🪖

  29. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Len in MI says:

    Kinda makes me glad I jumped ship in the late eighties. It's no longer fun to work on vehicles. Just a PITA now .

  30. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars BUTTABALLA999 says:

    Nicely done! An alternator swap is one of few jobs I've done, and it definitely felt like worming the alternator in/out of the engine bay was one of the toughest parts. Either that or getting my ratchet trapped between a bolt I was loosening and the wall of the e bay. I'll learn someday… hopefully! Thanks for the video.

  31. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Daniel Ventura says:

    Oy, Transverse engines and serpentine belts.. I miss the old days when everything was accessible and easy to change…Once I replaced the fan clutch on my Thunderbird 429, replaced the radiator and serviced the carburetor all in one day. Overheating with the a/c on, and sticking float problems solved. 1970 cars were so much easier. Vacuum lines were a weekend job.

  32. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Mike says:

    A lightly torqued nut gets a Snugga Dugga !….

  33. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars kerzwhile says:

    Your the best.. Period! 😉

  34. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars david mueller says:

    Your patience is most commendable !

  35. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Iron Golem says:

    Sprag clutch

  36. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Shames AlRayyees says:

    Can you please open the alternator and show us what is the problem… just for knowledge

  37. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Rodeo Bob says:

    If it makes you feel any better Eric, it’s late at night and I’m working also😂Thanks for working over and making a video.👍🏻

  38. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Bob Barron says:

    These are the peak earning months for us tradesmen. Good to see you cranking those jobs out, and thanks for sharing while you do. My remodeling business has me working long days this summer.
    I own a number of DeWalt cordless tools, I wonder what Eric's experience has been with the DeWalt ratchet?

  39. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars konstantinus Stoyanov says:

    I would not check for sure alternator internal movement, awesome

  40. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Jay Sosa says:

    Usually when the bolt goes in they gasp if they don’t pull out back out cut your losses and go home 😂 I’m sorry I couldn’t help it great video as always

  41. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Alexander McKay says:

    Ahhh, at that mileage replacing the alt is the better option. She's doing hwy miles in that thing and it's due. Of course I would've done all 4 coils at the time, but that's just me.

  42. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars Stapleford Railway Stapleford says:

    My 2006 kia Sportage 2.0 CRDI gen2 had a new LUC dual mass flywheel fitted (at my request) when the car had a new clutch at 70 k miles 5 yrs ago
    16 months an 5 k miles later the DMF fell apart Kia were not interested so local indi removed and replaced LUC said it was more than likely due to a misfire but no warranty Been ok since

  43. Avataaar/Circle Created with python_avatars randy bash says:

    My alternator for my compass was sparking when it got changed out everything inside it looked melted