This vehicle is in Florida and i am here in NJ it belongs to a friend of my sisters. He called me this morning and said his alternator light comes on after about 1 minute and his battery is not charging (He said he tested it with a volt meter) so i told him since his battery is only about 6 months old it sounds like the alternator so him and a friend took the old alternator out and took it to an auto parts store (maybe Auto Zone) and they put it on their alternator machine and said it passes all the tests and the unit looks good. I told him a few minutes ago that he should replace it anyway because the test they did was only about 30 seconds and maybe the test was not long enough.. He thinks the alternator is original with over 140,000 miles on it. Anyone agree with me or am i missing something and if so any ideas? Im not sure if it is a 96 or a 97 but it is a 3.3 according to him.