Oh, I know, it's only 'cause it's the weekend and most mechanics are closed. I just wanted them to run a code check on my alternator- I have a mechanic in Methuen, MA at a junkyard that can pull used parts mad cheap for me.
I just got back from AutoZone, and it turns out that I will need a new alternator. I guess my voltage regulator failed. The guy said my battery is completely fine but was at an 82% charge. Oh well, I'm just pleasantly surprised that the issue was able to be found so easily, I've had issues with my older cars where I'll bring it into a mechanic and they'll have no idea what is causing a problem haha. Good thing it's a relatively cheap fix in terms of labor, should only run me about $150 to replace.
Huh, just read online that older cars have voltage regulators separate from the alternator, usually somewhere in the engine compartment, so if that's the case with my car, it could be swapped out literally in a matter of minutes. That'd definitely be sweet.
<-- literally every single symptom my car had, so this makes a lot of sense haha
Probably need an alternator, or have a loose wire somewhere. My 2003 Cavalier had an issue with the AC compressor not coming on whenever I would press the snowflake button to engage the cold air. Turned out to be a loose ground wire which was causing a short, I feared the worst!
Oh man, that's really lucky! I'm sure that saved you a bundle of money just being a loose wire xD