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Need help w/alternator + light issues

 
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K-Roll931  



Joined: 08 Jul 2017
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Location: Southfield, MI

PostPosted: Tue Sep 01, 2020 1:31 pm    Post subject: Need help w/alternator + light issues Reply with quote

I need help diagnosing and resolving my alternator light issues on my 931. The light is fully lit when driving at night and a bit dimmer during the day (could be due to ambient lighting). A quick stint down the highway at speed doesn't really change the brightness of the light much.

In the last three years the battery and starter cables have been replaced, Iíve replaced the battery, installed a remanufactured alternator (75 amp I believe) and Iíve cleaned every ground point except for the one under the dash (contorting PITA, that one).

As of tonight, the battery reads 12.52v when the car is off and between 12.5-12.9V with the headlights, cooling fans and a new radio installed. I figure Iíd start with replacing the regulator and go from there. Personally, I think a 75A alternator is too darn low, but it seems the only other option for these cars is a 90A and if I have to replace the alternator, I'm not sure if that'll be enough.

Any experience and/or advice is always appreciated!
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MikeJinCO  



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PostPosted: Mon Sep 21, 2020 12:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Had a similar problem, mine was low voltage at the voltage gauge and battery going flat. The battery should be about 14+v when running. After tearing apart the dash and checking voltage, I ended up replacing the voltage regulator and the problem went away. I have never found a test for the voltage regulator.
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K-Roll931  



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PostPosted: Thu Sep 24, 2020 2:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I solved this issue after the car broke down on the side of the road last Thursday night. After replacing the voltage regulator, the alternator conked out on a drive home after class. Replaced the store brand reman alternator with a Bosch Reman 90A and everything is good now.
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