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Author Topic: Maybe if I don't look at the gages, the problem will go away...  (Read 4024 times)

A_DAB_will_do

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So I took half a day off on Friday to get some errands done.  Took the truck up to the local welding shop to get some supplies and then off to the steel service center for raw materials for a couple projects.

I distinctly remember glancing at the gage cluster, and thinking to myself, "Volts looks a little low...and the tach isn't matching what I hear from the engine at all"....Hmmphf...Must be a loose ground wire somewhere in the dash...I'll check it out when I get done.

Pulled into a quickie mart to grab a drink, because the A/C still doesn't work.  Got back on the road and drove 15 minutes to the LWS.  Picked up my supplies, and tried to start the truck...emphasis on tried.   Rrrrrrrr.....RrRrRr....R..r...R..r...r......r........r.  She's dead as a doornail.

Called in a favor for a ride home and grabbed some tools and the other truck.  Drove back to the DOA truck, and yanked the alternator and both batteries.  Parts store tells me the alternator and 1 battery are toast.  $240 for a 140 amp alternator and a new battery(1000CCA).  Back to the truck this morning.  New alternator fits like a glove, but wiring harness plug doesn't fit.   sigh... back to the parts store for a new, OEM style alternator.  No desire to fiddle with wiring...Just get the truck working.  Back to the truck with a co-pilot, and install recharged old battery, new battery, and new alternator.  Truck running like a top.  Refunded $30 for the lower 100 amp output alternator....

The moral of the story.  Don't ignore what your eyes are telling you.  It's not your imagination if things don't look right.  And get those batteries tested in this heat.  I'm just glad I was stuck in a parking lot when things crapped out, and not on the side of the highway.
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Re: Maybe if I don't look at the gages, the problem will go away...
« Reply #1 on: July 17, 2010, 08:47:45 PM »
I like those stories with if not a happy..at least a successful ending.  As I was reading your post I was expecting a "what do you think is wrong" question at the end.  Glad you got it up and running...those problems only occur up here when it's 10 below zero and we have 3 feet of snow!

Ed

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Re: Maybe if I don't look at the gages, the problem will go away...
« Reply #2 on: July 18, 2010, 05:39:34 PM »
Amen to that. Always better to be pro-active then reactive. If you think that something is wrong, check it out. A minute now, could save you hours later.

Glad your back up and running.
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Re: Maybe if I don't look at the gages, the problem will go away...
« Reply #3 on: July 19, 2010, 09:59:21 AM »
Wasn't a big deal in the end, just a time consuming chore.

While shopping parts, I noticed that the computer at the parts store mentioned there's a dual alternator option possible.  Anybody ever seen one of these engines with this setup?  If so, any chance of posting a picture?

I wouldn't mind having the extra power on my truck as I've been thinking about installing a large inverter for added 120VAC power....
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Re: Maybe if I don't look at the gages, the problem will go away...
« Reply #4 on: July 19, 2010, 10:36:01 AM »

 


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