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01-31-2013 03:25 PM
FocusedSlayer Try this and see if that helps out any.
01-31-2013 11:46 AM
Capt. Obvious! When I put the alternator in the battery was charged, that was Saturday though. It has died down since then. I checked the connections they all seem to be tight. I think it is the signal to the voltage regulator not being present. I would test it, but I don't know how.
01-31-2013 11:12 AM
FocusedSlayer When I changed out my alternator , 1 of the plugs wasn't snapped on all the way like it was suppose to be causing mine not to fully charge like its suppose too. I've always been told to never put and alternator on without a fully charged battery as it could cause damage to the new alternator and battery.
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01-31-2013 11:04 AM
Capt. Obvious! Ok, I checked all the grounds and cleaned them up. That is not the problem. I found that I am getting no voltage from the alternator. I checked the voltage and it was only 11.7v at the alternator(same as the battery). I'm starting to think that maybe the voltage regulator is not getting the signal to come on. Any idea how I could check this???
01-31-2013 07:05 AM
gonefhsn Push and hold the trip odometer reset button IIRC for 30 seconds and while holding turn the ignition switch on.
01-31-2013 06:27 AM
Capt. Obvious! How do I use test mode to do this check? What is test mode? I'll recheck the connections of those grounds and the alternator when I get home, I was kind of suspecting the grounds to be the culprit.
01-31-2013 05:02 AM
whynotthinkwhynot Check ground connection from the battery to the engine block, from battery to chassis, and from chassis to cylinder head.

I think there is a ground that goes from the battery to the fuse box- but maybe not. That one might be the problem if it is. It seems to me that somehow one of the other relays- ignition or fuel is losing voltage and dropping out when you turn on your headlights. That doesn't jive with the battery loss of voltage though.

Have you used test mode to verify that your alternator voltage is remaining steady while driving? You might have one of those loose alternator plug-in connectors, or lost a wire in that harness. That would cause a good alternator to not put out.
01-31-2013 04:07 AM
Capt. Obvious! I've already tested the headlight harness, it seemed ok. I redid them just to be safe, they are now relayed directly from the battery. This didn't help though, it still acts just the same. I will continue by testing the cables at the starter and alternator when I get home.
01-31-2013 02:25 AM
sleepyboy I'd try changing the battery cables that go from the alternator to the starter and then to the battery. I'd also check the lights and any wiring associated with them for shorts.
01-31-2013 02:23 AM
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