So its been a while since I've discovered a problem so its about time I find one.
On the way home from work a few minutes ago I was driving in the turnpike at around 1700rpm and 60mph, there was nobody around and it was hard to see the road so I flipped on my windshield lights and all of my gauge lights dimmed for a second and my radio and amp reset themselves
That really freaked me out and when I got home I watched my battery voltage gauge while having all 6 headlights on, radio, amp, and windshield wipers going full speed. the voltage was 8 constantly but when ever the wipers moved it lowered to 7 maybe 6.
So it appears that I have some Battery Issues (or at least I hope thats all it is) Would a new battery compensate with this issue or could it be my alternator going bad?
first off,try cleaning the major grounds. one is by the alternator on the engine block. the other one is on the firewall on the passengers side. also remove,clean and reinstall both battery connectors. when i did mine, i also cleaned all of the terminals on the back of the alternator. the last step, if all above fails, is to take the alternator apart and clean the brushes and the slip ring. haynes manual has instructions for this. probably in the chilton book too. did your check ingine light come on?
TREAT EVERY STRESSFUL SITUATION AS A DOG WOULD.
IF YOU CAN'T EAT IT OR PLAY WITH IT,
JUST PEE ON IT AND WALK AWAY.
Sounds like your alternator, they check them for free or you can do it the standby which they say you shouldn`t do but it can give you and idea. Start it up and pull your positive battery cable and siee if it keeps on running or dies right away. If it does your alternator is probably going out, but most places will check from for free if you feel like pulling it.
A buddy does emergency vehicle conversions, and the first thing they do is install a high output alternmator to handle all the extra lights and gear. Next is a battery to match. If you're loading up on lights, winch, on-board welder and the like, not a bad decision.
So I went out and cleaned up the battery terminals (holy crap were they coroded), I haven't cleaned the alternator yet but I did disconnect the battery and it still ran fine. Could it have been the weather that was making it scrounge for power so bad? it was pouring rain and 67 degrees.
If the weather is doing that, you still have a problem.
The corroded battery is a good culprit though. Mine got corroded on the terminal, but it looked fine on the outside. It would intermittently just click when you tuirned the key. Turn the key back and forth, and voila, it would start. I first thought it was something oin the column, but cleaning the terminals with a brush cleared it right up.
I'm planning on getting a new battery and alternator pretty soon, Quadratec has a "Mean Green Alternator" with "300% more charging power" but I can't seem to get a straight answer about exactly how much power it pushes out.