01 Alero has battery light on

Tiny
J.STIEG
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Haveing some problems with an o1 alero the battery light is on and running voltage is 11.9-12.1v.
Is the voltage regulator part of the aternator or is it in a seperate location?

Battery has set several days, and has been driven some distance without problems.
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 10:05 PM

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Tiny
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That has a internal voltage regulator do you have a multi meter to do some attesting?
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Monday, May 27th, 2013 AT 10:12 PM
Tiny
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Yes I do, I have an analog and digital muti meter And I am ready to probe and check. Thanks!
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 7:42 AM
Tiny
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With the key in the run position engine off the big red wire at the alternator should have battery voltage. The orange wire at the alternator should have battery voltage. Aso the other red wire should have battery voltage at the alternator.
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 12:24 PM
Tiny
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I'm ahead a little bit I found the problem. I did a voltage drop test between the batt and alt and had like 10v Then I check resistance between batt and alt and it was all most infinite.
Put jumper at batt and Alt and then checked battery voltage it was at 14.5 running and the battery light was also off on the dash.

I have one question left should I dig up the red battery cable, Or can I add a cable between the batt and Alt without causeing a potential fire.

Is the main red Alternator wire fused at all. Or is it just solid and hot?
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 1:18 PM
Tiny
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I think I helped you before possibly with a Saturn?The main large red wire comes off the starter solenoid with a fuse able link off of it.I posted a wire diagram so you can see it for yourself.I would trace the wire back and see if you can save the fuse link and run a new piece of positive battery cable.
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 5:40 PM
Tiny
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I think I am going to fuse the circuit between the battery and the alternator.

Is there any way to find out how many amps the fuse able link is, or would the parts stores know, Thanks!

The problem started when the subwoofer cable hit the exhaust pipe and melted through.
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 10:37 PM
Tiny
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The fuse links are rated in gauges not amps I don't know the conversion for them. If it were my car I would stick with the fuse link.
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Tuesday, May 28th, 2013 AT 10:43 PM
Tiny
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Thanks! It works well.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 2:59 PM
Tiny
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Glad to hear you got it charging again thanks for the update.
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Tuesday, June 25th, 2013 AT 6:03 PM

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