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Re: My cousins car died! (fwd)

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Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2007 08:37:05 +0800
From: Peter Terren <pterren@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
To: Tesla list <tesla@xxxxxxxxxx>
Subject: Re: My cousins car died! (fwd)

I have run TC's on top of a car for long periods without problems. Even 
sitting on top of the non-retractible aerial. It was a hire car each time 
and I got extra insurance just in case.
You don't sound clear that the warning lights were on when you started the 
car so the TC may not be the cause.


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> Date: Sun, 08 Jul 2007 11:34:42 -0400
> From: Scott Bogard <teslas-intern@xxxxxxxxxxx>
> To: tesla@xxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: My cousins car died!
> Greetings everybody,
>     A little while ago, my cousin came over to see my TC run.  After
> running it, we decided to go somewhere, on the way there, we noticed all 
> of
> his idiot lights (check engine, oil, gas, door ajar, etc) were lit.  A day
> or so later his car died.  When he took it to get it fixed, the alternator
> was fried.  A mechanic friend of his, said that perhaps the EMFs from the
> coil fried the diodes in the alternator, he says only newer cars have 
> them,
> and my cousins car seems to be the only car that has experienced this
> behavior, when parked near a running coil.  What do you guys think? 
> Thanks.
> Scott Bogard.
> P.S.  Despite the cost of fixing the car, my cousin is not at all mad, he
> said himself, that no other car he drove there has died in this manner, 
> but
> he is parking farther away next time, just in case!