Possible Alternator Problem - Jeep Wrangler Forum
Jeep Wrangler Forum

Go Back   Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Jeep Wrangler Forum > TJ Tech Forum

Join Wrangler Forum Today


Reply
 
Thread Tools

Please support our sponsors and let them know you heard about them on WranglerForum.com
Old 09-20-2010, 11:04 AM   #1
Jeeper
 
Join Date: Jun 2009
Location: Temple TX
Posts: 24
Possible Alternator Problem

I have a 99 TJ with 4.0L. It seems I've always had an issue with corrosion on the battery cables and terminals sometimes to the point where I'd have to go under the hood and move the cable on the post and everything would come back on. Well a couple of months ago I did a good cleaning with baking soda and all has been well up until today. Today when I get in the jeep it is dead. I try again and it turns over and starts. The radio is flashing so I know it lost connection totally. Well on the way to work, I seem to smell something burning but can't tell if it is coming from the Jeep or elsewhere and twice the voltage gauge goes up all the way and the the check gauges light comes on. Well I make it to work and after I park and turn it off I try to start it and once again it is dead.

I'm leaving early today and am going to check the connections to make sure they are not corroded. I've never seen the volt gauge spike like that though. I was also going to take it to Autozone and have them check out the alternator. Does anyone else have any ideas on what I should be looking for?

Thanks, Joe

ZZR_JOE is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-20-2010, 11:06 AM   #2
Jeeper
 
mrcarcrazy's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2009
Location: Midland/Odessa, TX
Posts: 3,385
you might have killed your battery...

get those $1 felt pads that go on the terminals....they work.


when @ Autozone they will be able to tell you if the alt. is good, if the battery is good, etc.

__________________
I need another Jeep...
mrcarcrazy is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-20-2010, 11:07 AM   #3
Knows a couple things...

WF Supporting Member
 
Jerry Bransford's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Escondido, Calif.
Posts: 29,311
Images: 2
The TJ's alternator rarely fails. My $$$ is on you have a bad/weak/dirty/corroded connection somewhere in the battery wiring.
__________________
When you have a choice, buy American.

Jerry Bransford is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Old 09-20-2010, 11:23 AM   #4
Jeeper
 
pokey's Avatar
 
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: backroads of the Mojave
Posts: 1,106
The voltage gauge spiking is also a symptom of a low battery or bad connection.
__________________
__________________________________________
. . . . picking the lines with my twenty-nines . . . .
__________________________________________

'99 sport 4.0 5 speed, top-of-the-line floormats
pokey is offline   Quote Quick Reply
Reply

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Jeep Wrangler Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
If you do not want to register, fill this field only and the name will be used as user name for your post.
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:

Log-in

Human Verification

In order to verify that you are a human and not a spam bot, please enter the answer into the following box below based on the instructions contained in the graphic.



Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




» Network Links
»Jeep Parts
» Featured Product

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 09:39 AM.



Jeep®, Wrangler, Liberty, Wagoneer, Cherokee, and Grand Cherokee are copyrighted and trademarked to Chrysler Motors LLC.
Wranglerforum.com is not in any way associated with the Chrysler Motors LLC