Weak Alternator (wrong answer?)

Kneale Brownson knotnook at traverse.com
Sun Apr 7 21:35:35 EDT 2002

A Google search on audifans.com for battery cable splice yields about 50
postings, which means probably eight or ten DIFFERENT reports on the
subject, but maybe only one or two for the 200q20v list.

At 05:22 PM 04/07/2002 -0500, Dale McCormack wrote:

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>In reading our discussion group list for about a year this "alternator
>problem" area hasn't been as "hot" as others, and after experiencing it,
>misdiagnosing it, and finally being educated on the actual cause of low
>voltage, I'm surprised.
>Before going too far in moaning about weak alternator output, we all need
>to make certain our wires are still capable of handling the current load
>for which they were originally made.  We have an endemic design problem in
>Type 44 cars and Scott Mockery addresses it:
>http://members.aol.com/c1j1miller/index.html  Low output can be typically
>symptomatic of:  1) worn brushes, 2) blown diode(s), but I haven't
>encountered this CABLE FAILURE problem before.  I never had it in an 87
>5000Q w/275k, nor my 89 200TQA 175K, but it HAS occurred in my 91 200q20v
>125K with the lowest miles!  Go figure (and watch your gages for
>decreasing voltage).
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