I'm glad you found that. That would have been a tough one to find, but you did it. An alternator is able to create way more power than is needed. You saw what yours was producing. I have actually seen regulators go bad and cause fires, smoke radios, wiper motors. A long time ago, I had a 86 Dodge Charger. Not the best car on the road, but it got me where I needed to go. One night, I noticed that my headlights were extreamly bright, (looked like an airplane) the wipers were going extremely fast, the stereo stopped playing, smelled electrical wiring, and had a small fire under the dash. As a result, I had to replace headlights, 1 taillight bult, stereo, the blower motor, and repair wiring under the dash. THe wiper motor made it, but sounded funny when it was used.
It was all caused by a bad voltage regulator. I'll shut up now. (LOL)
THanks for using 2carpros. Com and let us know if you have questions in the future.
Thursday, November 5th, 2009 AT 8:42 PM