I figure, since i have over 3000 some odd posts now, and i see alot of you post up about things that happen to you in your daily routine of life,,,that i figure, i can go ahead and join the ranks of the crew and post up some crap that happened to ME today... On my way home from work, playing in traffic, i start smelling this familiar odor of burning wires or something of the like,,,i continue driving, continuing smelling the air, to determine if it is my truck, or someone in front of me. The smell keeps getting worse, i don't think it is me, because if it was a short, usually the stereo wiggs out or something, not this time...I continue driving, STILL trying to determine if it is me or not,,,then i look at my volt gauge, it reads like 9 volts......... IT'S ME Crap, so i hit the turn signal to get over, and luckily there was only one car beside me, they got out of my way pretty quickly, and as soon as the 3lanes were clear, (this was a miracle actually in rush our traffic) i started to change lanes and then i heard a screeching,squeeling type of sound from under the hood....NOW, i had enough speed still, so as soon as i heard this sound, the first thing i thought to do, was kill the motor,,,which probably saved some stuff under there... Get to the side of the road, smoke coming from under the hood, slightly panicked, i raised the hood, and sure enough, the alternator had died,,,but pretty seriously this time, IT WAS ON FIRE So, i grabbed the pliers, unhooked the battery to kill the power, and grabbed the drinking water i had and poured alittle on it to kill the fire. NICE, now i'm stuck on the side of the freeway, in 100+ degree temps, and can't move.. Anyhoo, good'ol mommy, had towing insurance of some kind, so her and my bro showed up, so i could use her towing thingy, and well,,,,,here are the pics,,,this is SO sad,,,,the first time this truck has ever left me stranded on the side of the freeway... . . . . . . .