How to Check the Alternator on a DeVille

by Alibaster Smith

The alternator on your Cadillac DeVille powers the electrical system of your DeVille. Without the alternator, your Cadillac would not run, because the fuel system, braking system and even the steering system are all electronically controlled. Replacement alternators for your DeVille can be purchased from most auto parts stores. However, before replacing your alternator, you can use the built-in diagnostic system on your DeVille to determine if your alternator has failed.


Open the fuse panel cover underneath the steering wheel and locate the fuse for the alternator. Use the fuse diagram on the underside of the fuse panel cover to locate the fuse for the alternator.


Pull the fuse for the alternator and check the metal strip inside the alternator. If the strip is broken or damaged in any way, then you will need to replace the fuse with another fuse of the same amperage.


Start your Cadillac DeVille's engine. Wait five seconds and check the lights on the instrument panel. If a light in the shape of a battery illuminates, this indicates a failure of the alternator. The voltage regulator is malfunctioning and causing the system to over or undercharge the system. The alternator needs to be replaced.

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I am a Registered Financial Consultant with 6 years experience in the financial services industry. I am trained in the financial planning process, with an emphasis in life insurance and annuity contracts. I have written for Demand Studios since 2009.

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