2007 Chevy Silverado V8 Four Wheel Drive Automatic 88000 miles
My 2007 Chevy P/U seems to have an alternator problem. When hot, the voltage will drop to 12.5 sometimes and stay there, then for no reason, jump back to 13.7-14. Engine revs or electral load don't seem to matter. It has every electrical accessory available with a 160 amp alternator. The battery is relatively new also. The voltage drop is slow, not sudden, as is the rise. I've checked every connection I can find, to the point of checking terminal grip. I was an ASE Master tech before closing my shop a few years ago, and would've sold a customer an alternator already. I'm on disabilty now, and $275 is a big chunk of money. Do you have any ideas of something I might've missed?
I have sen a lot of GM gauges be off and read different than what is actually happening at the alt. Did you take readings at the alt to see if they coincide with the gauge?
June, 15, 2010 AT 7:50 AM
Yes, I've made a thing that will allow me to plug my Fluke into a cigarette lighter outlet, plus checking at the alt. And the battery also.
June, 15, 2010 AT 8:17 AM
Sure sounds like a regulator that is having troubles. You have already checked all of the usual suspects with something like this (connection quality).I probably would go after the alt as well, since actual load doesnt make any difference and it seems to be pretty random.
June, 15, 2010 AT 8:29 AM
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June, 15, 2010 AT 8:54 AM
Thanks for your info. I was afraid I needed an alternator, but wanted someone to agree with me. I wish they sold parts for alternators like they used to, but such is life. I would like to help out if I could. Getting paid is not really necessary, but a littie extra cash would be nice. It gets old sitting here with nothing to do but mow the yard with the rest of my family gone all day to school etc. Let me know if I can, and if so, how and what to do. Thanks again.
November, 14, 2014 AT 11:08 AM
Jim, my name is Louie, and I am extremely well known on the IATN as an expert on alternator/charging problems. The probability is there is absolutely nothing wrong with your vehicle because it is a computer controlled version of the GM RVC (regulated voltage control) or SARVC (stand alone regulated voltage control) system. http://www.motor.com/article.asp?article_ID=1606 If there are not any PCM alternator codes then there are not any charging problems, or a bad alternator. Louie
January, 16, 2016 AT 2:51 PM
I' m having the same issue with my 2007.I changed alt and battery due to being away from home and didn' t want to break down on i95. Im still noticing the voltage flu cation and yes I like the answer it may be normal.I just never had flucation before which is concerning especially when' s its low for a long stretch. Ill keep you posted. John from nj