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94 dodge spirit voltage problem...computer?

Discussion in 'Other Rides' started by ColAdo82K5, Aug 27, 2005.

  1. ColAdo82K5

    ColAdo82K5 1/2 ton status

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    Hey,
    I have a 94 dodge spirit that is basically all original and has 32,xxx miles on it. My grandmother had it until 13,xxx. It is my families "back-up" car of sorts...anyway.
    The voltage gauge has been running lower and lower. I took the alternator and battery in to be checked and they both check out fine. All connections are clean and battery cables seem in fine shape. This car has seen a very easy life. It is a 2.5 with the A604 3 speed auto.
    I think the problem might be related to the voltage regulator in the computer, not telling the alternator to charge when it should. It is was esspecially bad when the blower/headlights/radio were on. Now, all of a sudden, the gauge shows barly any charge above the 8 volt mark. Car starts fine.
    Any ideas ?
    thanks,
    Blake
     
  2. Z3PR

    Z3PR Banned

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    I'd call up a shop I trust and see how much they'd charge too find the problem. Electrical is one thing I get lost on. I've been so frustrated trying too track a wire problem down before, that I ripped out all the wires and completely rewired the whole car.
     
  3. 3 on the tree

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    Get hold of a hand held voltmeter and check the voltage yourself. Check battery voltage with the car off, then start the car and check the voltage.With the car running, the voltmeter should read between 12 and 14 volts. If less than 12 volts, definately have a charging problem.
     

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