Question about 2000 Ford Escort
Not sure if alternator is overcharging what is the solution
If an alternator overcharges, it will most probably spit out electrolyte from the filler caps or vents when run for a time. It may also become quite hot to touch.
Providing the engine is starting OK, and the charge warning light on the panel is not alight or flashing on and off, what you need to do is have a voltage check done on the battery with the engine running. If the alternator is OK, the voltage should be in the vicinity of 13.5- 14.0 volts (13.8 is the accepted "standard").
Any higher, it could indeed be overcharging.
Turning on the headlights should not materially change this voltage.
If the voltage is only around 12V or even less, turn on the headlights, and observe it again.
A low voltage can mean the alternator is not charging.
Posted on Jan 08, 2009
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