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Regulator problems I have replaced my alternator twice, still it starts to charge, then falls flat, check gauges light comes on, one shop thinks its my computer, since the regulator is in the computer, one shop says they can install an auxillary regulator on my alternator and bypass the computer. Any thoughts?

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  • jsdfleetdsc Nov 22, 2008

    I replaced the fusable link once on my fuse panel, is this where the alternator fuse is?



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The computer regulator is very hard to burn out. Just make sure all your battery cables are good and the alternator fuse is good. There is a fuse.

Posted on Nov 22, 2008

  • if you raise the ideal does it start charging some of the regulaters in the computer dont charge at idle or if it is idled to low

  • It should have a regular fuse for the alternator, besides the fusible link.



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