It's in the engine Computer and gives extremely little trouble. What are the symptoms?
January, 6, 2011 AT 1:10 PM
Just remembered there were a few models that still used the older external voltage regulator that was found all the way back to 1970. It was only used with the four cylinder engine up to somewhere between 1988 and 1990. If you have that, it will be mounted to the left inner fender just to the rear of the Engine Computer.
January, 7, 2011 AT 11:50 PM
K, so changed the alternator found out that ours is internal, Now the battery isnt staying charged if you try to run the headlights or heater or anything, van is running fine now except my battery keeps getting drained, help I think it might be the PCM or ECU but not sure if it is or not? The van is a Plymouth Voyager SE turbo with a 2.5L motor, front wheel drive.
January, 8, 2011 AT 6:31 AM
Describe your alternator. There is only one model that ever used an internal voltage regulator and that was a Mitsubishi alternator on the Mitsubishi-built 2.6L four cylinder used through the '86 model year.
1990 is right in the middle of when they began switching the field current from the automatic shutdown (ASD) relay instead of the ignition switch, so to be safe, you should probably have the engine running when taking voltage readings. You should have a small black plastic block in the middle on the back of the alternator housing. There will be two tabs coming out of it and attached with very small nuts. Measure the voltages on those two nuts, the fat output wire, and right on the housing. The voltmeter's negative probe must be grounded to the battery negative post or the engine block, not on the alternator. Those four readings will tell us where to go next.