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Posted 10 August 2003 - 01:02 AM
Posted 10 August 2003 - 01:29 AM
If it's an 80 or 81 it has an external voltage regulator and you just need to replace it.
If you have an 83 it has an internal voltage regulator that's inside the alternator. I belive you can open up the alternator and replace the regulator but most people simply go and get a rebuilt alternator from a parts store or they find a good used one.
For 82, I can't remember if it had an internal or external regulator.
Posted 10 August 2003 - 07:21 AM
Posted 10 August 2003 - 07:27 AM
and you better believe what Ed says
it can also cook your battery in short (operative word) order.
I have changed internal VR's, it takes heat sinks and a good solder touch. I swapped them from alts with other problems (blown main diodes)
I like Craig's idea of getting a rebuilt or just another alt from a bone yard.
Posted 10 August 2003 - 10:44 PM
Posted 10 August 2003 - 10:48 PM
For some reason though, my voltmeter runs at 12 volts ALL the time even though the autozone diagnostic machine showed 13.6 or something... <img src=http://www.ezboard.com/intl/aenglish/images/emoticons/ohwell.gif ALT=":\">
The gas guage is sometimes kinda slow to "wake up" when the brat has sat afew days too (takes like 5 blocks)
Maybe its time to yank the cluster and clean it up.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 12:12 AM
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