Mechanics

OVER DRAWING ALTERNATOR

Honda Accord

I have a 2001 honda accord with a 2.3L engine. The alternator is rated at 80 amps. I recently put in a top of the line stereo system with two amplifiers each drawing 40 amps peak. Using only one amp, everything runs fine and sounds ok. As soon as I turn on my subs (using the other amp) the lights dim, and the sound distorts terribly. I know this is because my amplifiers are drawing more power than my alternator can provide, so everything drops. I currently have a capacitor installed, so thats helping the load. I looked into rebuilding the alternator, and I know that that would help, but what else can I do? Would adding more capacitors or batteries lessen the workload on the alternator? Again, I only have the problem when the bass hits are strong, so its not a constant strain.
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Ieatglue6457
November 5, 2007.




Add more capacitors and fabricate a dual battery system.

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Rasmataz
Nov 5, 2007.
There is really only two solutions. Add a second alternator or increase the size of the alternator. I will let it go at that because I will say something I shouldn't.
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Bruce Hunt
Nov 6, 2007.

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