Re: electrical problems-'90 T-Bird
On Wed, 07 Sep 2005 01:14:33 -0400, cs <email@example.com> wrote:
>I have a non-turbo, '90 T-Bird with a mere 76k miles, that has an
>electrical problem: the battery keeps draining. If it is charged
>while hooked up, the alternator actually gets warm, and the voltage
>keeps dropping. I have used it for a couple short trips like this,
>i.e., charging it while disconnected, then short drives where I leave
>the engine running. I was thinking it was the alternator, as it seems
>to be a bit noisier than normal.
>However yesterday, even with a fully charged battery, plus a second
>fully charged battery attached with jumpers, will not turn the engine
>over (just get some anemic clicks). Also, a half-hour later, even the
>dome lights won't come on.
>Any clues as to what the problem might be? This has been an 'all of a
>sudden' problem. Again, I was thinking alternator, but now I'm
>thinking something else, maybe starter, that is mega-pulling current.
>I read some post on here about the seat switches causing a problem
>like this, but I've wiggled all those switches without a change.
If the alternator is getting warm w/o the engine running,
you likely have a bad alternator allowing feedback. This is
not an uncommon failure.