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While driving, headlights dim and radio stops working.

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Our '91 Integra can start and perform for a whole week then randomly dies at intersections. Symptoms are dim headlights and stuff like yours. One would think it was alternator or battery right? No. I took battery in to Walmart to their diagnostic station by the paint department. The diagnostic machine refused to charge the battery because it had a full charge. The battery checked out fine.

Do you understand what this means? This means that the alternator has been charging the battery all week that Daughter B has been driving to work-school-home-boyfriend-etc. Yet it died with dead battery symptoms. This is driving me crazy.

So, I removed the battery then put it back in and the car started and the car ran like a scalded cat and I got home. Next morning- Daughter B tries to go to school and car won't start.?! I apply battery charger set to 'Quick start' and started the car. I removed charger and applied my DC voltmeter. Voltage at idle was 12.5V showing alternator is charging. Put finger on throttle cable and rev engine and voltage goes up to 13v but no higher showing that the voltage regulator is working.

What we have is a problem unrelated to the expansion and contraction of heated versus cooled parts. The pretty much rules out bad physical wiring connections. Without more knowledge on this subject I would just have to say the car is demon possessed and that I should buy a new used car with different problems eh?

Posted on Oct 25, 2010

  • wade_meyer Oct 25, 2010

    Our
    '91 Integra can start and perform for a whole week then randomly dies
    at intersections and parking lots. It prefers dieing in dangerous areas
    like busy 6 lane streets, intersections. Symptoms are dim headlights
    and no radio or dash lights. One would think it was alternator or
    battery right? No. I took battery in to Walmart to their diagnostic
    station by the paint department. The diagnostic machine refused to
    charge the battery because it had a full charge. The battery checked
    out fine.








    Do
    you understand what this means? This means that the alternator has been
    charging the battery all week that Daughter B has been driving to
    work-school-home-boyfriend-etc. Yet it died with dead battery symptoms.
    This is driving me crazy.






    So,
    I removed the battery then put it back in and the car started and the
    car ran like a scalded cat and I got home. Next morning- Daughter B
    tries to go to school and car won't start.?! I apply battery charger set
    to 'Quick start' and started the car. I removed charger and applied my
    DC voltmeter. Voltage at idle was 12.5V showing alternator is
    charging. Put finger on throttle cable and rev engine and voltage goes
    up to 13v but no higher showing that the voltage regulator is working.






    What
    we have is a problem unrelated to the expansion and contraction of
    heated versus cooled parts. That pretty much rules out bad physical
    wiring connections. This could be a solid state problem ie. diode or 'other'.



    Without more knowledge on this subject I would just
    have to say the car is demon possessed and that I should buy a new used car with different problems eh?



    The purpose of this entry is to supply more diagnostic data to the Internet to maybe help others so I'm sorry I don't have a solution for you.

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