1991 doge Ram 150 3.9 liter

Tiny
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  • 1991 DODGE RAM
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • MANUAL
  • 70,000 MILES
I have a 91 dodge ram 150 has a 3.9 liter alternator charges at 20 amps when removed but still runs, wont charge someone told me about the black box behind the glove box what is this and could it be the problem
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 10:57 PM

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Tiny
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What are the symptoms? Just so I'm clear, you mean 20 amps during a load test, right? You don't mean 20 volts? What did you remove?

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:06 PM
Tiny
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Here's the charge system EWD
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:25 PM
Tiny
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Yes 20 amps during test. The alternator is good there is a black box behind the glove box do you know what it is could that be the problem.
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:48 PM
Tiny
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The truck will run but wont stay charged.
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:50 PM
Tiny
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The only box I can think of there is the computer for rear wheel anti-lock brakes.

When one diode in the alternator is defective, you will lose almost exactly two thirds of the alternator's rated capacity. The standard alternator around that time for vehicles with air conditioning was 55 amps. That means 20 amps is just about what you would expect with a bad diode. If you can find a mechanic with a load tester that shows the amount of ripple, it will be very high when a diode is bad.

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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:55 PM
Tiny
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Could be the voltage regulator or the computer controlled of the alternator's field generation circuit-
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Sunday, November 28th, 2010 AT 11:56 PM
Tiny
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Measure the voltage on the two small nuts on the back of the alternator. This has to be done when the engine is running. One will have full battery voltage. The clue is the other one. Normally you'll find around 11 volts there. If it's closer to 4 volts, the Engine Computer / voltage regulator is trying to make the alternator work harder. If you find 0 volts, which is doubtful, you either have an intermittent problem or the person who performed the load test had the wrong wires or not all of the wires in the amp probe.

To verify nothing else is draining the battery, fully charge it for a couple of hours at the slowest rate on the charger, then see if it is still charged up hours or a day later. If it loses its charge, there is either a drain or the battery is defective.

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Monday, November 29th, 2010 AT 12:03 AM

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