2002 Dodge Dakota V8 Two Wheel Drive Automatic 145000 miles
This happened a few months ago and now its happening again. The check gauges light comes on and the battery gauge drops from the middle down to nothing. I replaced the alternator and the battery and got the amps tested and they were coming out low. They exchanged my alternator for another new one and still only about 11 volts instead of the 13.5 or 14 that its supposed to put out. Now, everytime I turn the engine off and back on, the volt gauge goes back to just above low with no check gauges light on and within a few minutes the gauge drops again to nothing and the light turns back on. Truck still starts and runs but the voltage isnt right. Now I was told that the voltage regulator is controlled by the computer. Does this sound like I have it right? Can I bypass the computer and externally control the voltage instead of going through the computer? I want to replace the computer as a last resort. Where can I get an external voltage regulator if it is in fact this that is my problem.
Saturday, November 6th, 2010 AT 2:16 PM