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amoreau

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Charging rate
« on: June 12, 2005, 04:03:55 PM »

Hi,  I went brain dead today and need an answer that I already should know.  I noticed my gauge for charging with the engine running full rpms is reading about 16.  I know my batteries were charged when I left the slip.  Does this mean something needs replacing?
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« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2005, 06:13:18 PM »

Is that 16 volts on the volt meter, or 16 amps on an amp meter?  If it's 16 volts, that's high but before changing things I would confirm it with a separte voltage tester on the batteries while the engine is running.  Might be a funny volt meter rather than an "outta wack" voltage regulator.
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« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2005, 06:41:44 PM »

Al : Rule of thumb - anytime you see the battery/s charging much over 14.1 volts for more than an hour, you've probably have a problem.  You'll  need to take that reading at the battery terminals.  Could be a bad voltage regulator or a shorted cell, but you need to check.   :!:
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« Reply #3 on: June 14, 2005, 03:37:27 PM »

Thanks,  I'll hook up a voltmeter at the other end and see what's going on.  Take care.
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