Originally Posted by oldschoolninja
But during the time, he experienced that problem; he didn't have any loads on the electrical system. Unless, he is unaware of it, such as a cooling fan coming on, abs pump activating, a/c clutch locking up etc...
The car is going to start fine a few times. But at 13.1v, the system is hardly putting a charge on the battery. And if he is driving with his headlights on, then the alternator will not put a proper charge on the battery. After a few days, his battery will be dead. He will be noticing dim headlights and dim dash while driving.
Of course he doesnt' know what loads are on the alt while your driving.. SHEESH..
i said 13.1 was an EXSAMPLE.. maybe its 13.2
its funny also how you mentioned he would see a dim dash... ISN"T THAT ONE OF HIS COMPLAINTS?!?!?!!?
and for shits and giggles i'm gonna give you a quick exsample;
Customer comes in, complains that ONCE the car wouldn't start, needed a jump, car has been running FINE for a month but still wanted to get it checked out cause SOMETIMES he thinks the headlights look dim.
Pull the car in, everything seems ok, starts fine and dandy, runs down the road as good as it can, turn on the a/c, rear defrost, high beams, wipers, radio, everything i could think of. huh.. shows 14.1 volts at the battery.. everything seems ok.. Let the car run for about 15-20 mins with everything going, and what do you know.. it slowly drops to about ~12.7-13.2.. then it comes back.
recheck car for over an hour, problem is now gone.
Seriously sweetie, time for bed and let the grown ups talk