I just changed my alternator and am wondering if I got it wired in correctly. It has an R and an F connection. I assume that if these were reversed the battery would not be charged and would eventually run dead. My question is, if I start the car and remove the battery, the car should still run if the alternator is connected properly...right? Is this an effective way to check that the alternator is working without having to drive to AutoZone and get them to check it out. By the way, does it seem like the folks at those chain car stores hire the people who know the least about cars? Just an observation over the past couple of trips to those stores.