Post Number: 28
|Posted on Thursday, 06 October, 2016 - 05:20 pm: |
Having learnt the intricacy of choke operation, I have another newbie owner question as I try to determine a baseline for what's normal running.
Sitting in some rather heavy traffic today with the aircon running nicely, I noticed a slight discharge reading on the ammeter (in Drive with foot on brake), but only 1-2 amps at most.
I put it into Neutral and released the brakes and the ammeter jumped back to it's usual 1-2amp +ve reading. As soon as any throttle was applied, the ammeter showed a healthy charging system.
I tried this scenario again, this time with the headlamps on, and this time, the ammeter showed a higher -ve reading, around 10amps discharge at idle. Again, 'normal' expected readings as soon as I pulled away (higher +ve reading to replenish the battery, then back to +1-2amps to maintain).
Battery volts at idle tested at 14.4v and the GEN warning lamp never came on.
My first thought was that due to the low warm idle in Drive, the alternator was not spinning fast enough to keep up, supported somewhat by shifting to Neutral slightly raising the idle (and amps).
Thoughts or insights?
Post Number: 1659
|Posted on Thursday, 06 October, 2016 - 05:29 pm: |
As long as the battery voltage is not dropping then I wooud not worry.
A slightly low idle is better for the drive train.
Check belt condition and tightness as well though.
Post Number: 63
|Posted on Thursday, 06 October, 2016 - 05:37 pm: |
Your alternator sounds fine. As Paul mentioned- check belts and idle speed. Compared to Bosch and Japanese alternators, I've found these CAV units to be a little on the lazy side at idle RPMs.