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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:49 am 
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my battery keeps going flat,, any ideas why it's doing that, got a new battery in it,, alt light don't come on,, never did it before, just started when i fitted the under drive pulleys on, can't see why it's doing it

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:53 am 
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Well the obvious option would be to point the finger at the underdrive pulleys but this is not very common.

Do you:

Spend lots of time in heavy traffic?
Have extended periods of idling?
Have a fully-sik stereo?

IIRC the underdrive pulley will not see the battery charging too well below 1500rpm...

Maybe you need to give her more revs :wink:

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 11:59 am 
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Grab a multimeter and see what voltage she's charging at (naturally you'll need to bring it over 1500rpm).

I've got the pulleys on mine, plus a big stereo [drawing 150A+), and I spend lots of time in traffic at night (headlights) and I haven't had any battery issues.

It may well be the end of your battery, or alternator.

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:03 pm 
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i got a feeling it's the alternator put a vold meter on it, and it stands about
13.5 on high revs,, i heard it should bae on about 14.7, so i don't know, i don't spend alot of time in traffic,, and i only got the std prem in it, battery is new

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:10 pm 
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yeh, sounds a little low for my liking. 13.8-14V is the lower end of Ideal.. especially if the alternator is charging the battery (straight after starting).

From memory mines around 13.4V at idle (with underdrives!) and jumps up to low 14's from 1500rpm.

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 12:24 pm 
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i called RACV to come down to give me a jump see what he's got to say

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:00 pm 
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just got back from auto elec,,, the alt is no good, bloody thing, 280 to get it recoed

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 2:48 pm 
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just got back from auto elec,,, the alt is no good, bloody thing, 280 to get it recoed


Bugger. At least u know what it is now.

When the alternator went on my E30 BMW, I was quoted $750 2nd hand, $1100 new, and because of these prices all Auto Elecs were quoting $400-600 for reco work! $280 aint too bad!

 

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Posted: Fri Apr 01, 2005 4:57 pm 
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who has a spare alternator that i can use, till i get mine done, rang wreakers, no one has got them :(

can't really get mine done right now, cause i got no licence, and i start back at work on monday

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:23 am 
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can't even get them brand new,, whats going on there

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:28 am 
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can't even get them brand new,, whats going on there


Serious?!@

I'm guessing youve called Ferntree Gully?

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 12:39 am 
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i have called everyone
even ford they don't sell them, even bocsh,, you can get parts to recondition them,, but you can't get them new,, go figure

 

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you can get them for the i6,, but not for the 8, i thought they were the same

 

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you can get them for the i6,, but not for the 8, i thought they were the same


Nah, sadly different.

I dont know why all car manufacturers can't use a universal Alternator mount!

 

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Posted: Sat Apr 02, 2005 10:14 am 
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i ran afew auto elecs on a price to recondition my alternator, mitsibushi 100amp, the cheapest is 280, alot of other places 360+ for my EL 5.0

 

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