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Old 02-14-2011, 08:05 AM
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Electrical problems after some wheeling alt or battery

Just had my first real off roading adventure, it was kick ass. Anyways I think that I may have had a casualty on the way.
Here are the symptoms. Yesterday my volt meter on my dash appeared to have stopped working. the needle was at the bottom of 9 so I figured it was just the sending unit that took a dump. Drove all of yesterday after off roading with it like that. Today, I'm driving to school and all of the sudden my radio just shuts off. My lights started to get dimmer and dimmer the further I went and when I turned my lights off, the dash lights started to get brighter. I figured alternator. I turned around and came home. I pulled into the driveway and wth, I look down and the dash lights are lit up brightly. I turned on my headlights, kc's radio and electric fan and the volt meter is now working again lol. The volts were about 2 volts lower than they had previously been when I had all of the components on simultaneously in the past. I'm thinking bad alternator. Does that sound correct? It has a warranty but I bought it on e-bay from a company selling it as a new 200 amp alternator

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First question that comes to mind is did you get it wet? my gauge dies after a quick swim, but usually comes back after it dries out.

After that I would say keep and eye on the voltage, use a digital meter if you have one, and if it is consistantly dropping try to get a replacement.

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Ya, I did get it wet. I guess that answers the sending unit mystery. I'm getting a alternator replacement. Do you think that the alternator maybe got some water on it and caused damage to it? If so, does anyone know of a solution to this other than fabricating something? I have the abilities to do so but dont really want to if there is an available kit that does the same thing.
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