Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: North Coast, NSW
Alternator problems :( help pls
I was heading up to the next town about 1hr away today in my XE 351c and noticed my Volts gauge had gone through the roof, about 3/4 the way to coffs.
I stopped for a second and checked everything over and figured it must be a bad earth on the gauge or something :(
it ended up being the regulator on the ALT, which means it has fried the battery pretty bad and burnt out my fuse-able link.
I was stuck there until i worked out what was going on, I pulled out the fuse-link and started it through a spanner :) then got myself to an auto elec.
He made a constant link for me and disconnected my alt.
After pissing around in coffs everytime i stopped cause the battery was completely drained, i went and got one of those battery/charge packs from super crap to get me going.
p.s. my alt was a small 6cl version from before the conversion.
Now a couple questions;
-What is a good replacement Alternator that fits with minimal mods?
-would this of hurt anything pumping full alt volts to the battery, I know the battery, alt and fuse links are stuffed. anything else?
somethings i have noticed;
-for some reason i am now idling high, i figure maybe cause no load on the alt?
-my autometer tacho now won't drop below about 1500rpm, but when driving, if i go above 1500rpm it moves up fine.
-my oil pressure has dropped a bit, from 5 lines from the top to 7 lines from the top on XE S Pack gauge.
-I am now also running on when i switch it off, i figure again cause of the alt loads no longer being there?
-My accelerator is sticking, i doubt this is linked in anyway as i also ran into red line on fuel trying to get to the auto elec without having to turning it off.
what a painfull day let me tell you!! Hope you guys have some storys kinda similar etc with some good news!
ps. it never fried the battery to the point of no water, drained it about half way i am guessing.