Mechanics

JEEP CHEROKEE ALTERNATOR PROBLEM

2006 Jeep Cherokee • 52,000 miles

I have a new battery and once in a while I need a jump to start it up. I brought it to be checked out and everything seems to be fine. I was told that I do not drive it enough everyday and I should take it out once a week for a 30 minute drive to charge up the alternator. Does this sound right?
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December 14, 2012.



THAT'S NOT A BAD IDEA

I'DA SAID ONCE EVERY 2 WEEKS

IF IT WAS GOING DOWN EVERY FEW DAYS (OR SOONER) I'D SUSPECT A PARASITIC DRAW

THE TEST FOR THIS CAN BE DONE AT ADVANCE AUTO PART---IF THEY DO A "FULL SYSTEM TEST" AND USE THE "AMP CLAMP" DURING AND AT THE END OF THE TESTMACHINE USED IS IN MY 1ST PIC (OTHER STORES MAY BE ABLE TO DO THE PARASITIC TEST AS WELL)

YOUR DOORS, INTERIOR, HOOD LIGHTS, AND ANY APPLIANCES MUST BE OFF DURING THE PARASITIC DRAW TEST. OTHERWISE IT SHOWS ABNORMAL DRAWING

YOUR RADIO AND COMPUTER HAVE "NORMAL AND SMALL" DRAWS TO KEEP THEM ALIVE. OVER TIME, THEY TOO CAN DRAW IT DOWN

SHOULD THEY SUSPECT AN ABNORMAL DRAW, AND IT'S NOT SOMETHING OBVIOUS"YOU" OR YOUR EXPENSIVE SHOP. WILL HAVE TO FIND THE EVIL SOURCE. THE AUTO STORE IS NOT A MECHANIC'S SHOP!

ONCE THE SYSTEM IS FOUND (PULLING FUSES), YOU MAY NEED HELP FINDING OUT WHAT MIGHT BE IN THAT SYSTEM

---THE AUTO STORE IS THE EZist WAY TO SEE IF IT'S THE PROBLEM---AFTER YOU INVESTIGATE, MAYBE WE COULD SHOOT YOU A DIAGRAM OF THE SUSPECT CIRCUIT (WE DON'T WANNA SPEND HOURS SENDING YOU EVERY CIRCUIT)

A RECENT ENCOUNTER WITH MY FRIENDS TRUCK

LET US KNOW WHAT YOU FIND---IF YOU FIND---WE'LL KEEP ON-A-TRYIN'!

THAT '77 CJ 5 OR EVEN THE '46 "WILLYS" THAT YOU LONGED FOR, SO LONG AGO. WOULDA BEEN NICE TO HAVE ABOUT RIGHT NOW. IT'D BE 35/ 66 YEARS OLD, AND STILL BE GOING STRONG!

OLE "WILLY" WOULD NEVER LET YOU DOWN---YOU DON'T HAVE TO USE THE ELECTRIC STARTER (THERE IS ANOTHER OPTION). AS MY DAUGHTER, BACK THEN, AT AGE 10 (PROFICIENTLY DRIVING HIM), DEMONSTRATES, IN THE LAST PIC

WATCH HOW FAST "SHE" ABANDONS THE TRUCK FELLERS. IS NOTHING BUT A BLUR. AS YOU THEN SUDDENLY SEE HER, SITTING IN THE CJ (THEY ALL ARE LIKE THAT!)SO FAST, IT WAS AT STAR TREK TRANSPORTER ROOM SPEED!

YOUR TURN

THE MEDIC


Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
Dec 14, 2012.