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601 ford tractor weak starting, battery runs down, new starter, alternator, voltage regulator & coil. Any thoughts or suggestions.

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" HI " Where is the Voltage Regulator Located on a 2002 Dodge Stratus R/T 3.0


The way to check for an over or under charge is to connect your volt meter to the battery, before starting the vehicle.
You should have a reading of 12.5 to 13 volts. If it's 11.8 like you stated or less, it means battery is not fully charged, or it's bad. Now start the car & check voltage again while running the engine, the voltage should exceed 14+ volts, this means your Alternator is charging, the voltage should drop after battery has been charging for awhile. When you turn the engine off after letting it charge the battery, & if the battery is good, you should now have 12.5 volts to 13 volts.
Now to answer your question, the Voltage Regulator is inside of the Altenator, I believe you xcan take the alternator apart to replace it, or simpler to just replace the complete alternator.

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What alternator comes on a 1981 ford f150 truck with a 302 engine And how do you wire up the voltage regulator Won't charge the battery I've changed the alt,voltage regulator& battery I'm not sure if I...


The capacity of the alternator ( 35 amp or 100amp ) will make little difference to charging a battery. It has to do with the voltage regulator which may be internal in the alternator or external on the engine bay. The other fault that will not allow a battery to charge is the rectifier as if a diode has burnt out then the voltage that is being regulated is ac and it will not work anyway. The capacity of the alternator is determined by the total current draw when everything is switched on and should be around 10 amps more than what is required. IT not then the battery will slowly drain down because the alternator is not capable of running every thing and charge the battery as well. I suggest that an accredited auto electrician be engaged to sort this problem out

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I see this was posted 2 years ago, and hopefully you have your truck running properly again, but for the benefit of anyone else who may have this problem as well, here are a few suggestions...
Apparently the starter, alternator and battery are all new, and were all tested to be good. I also see the truck won't start after running for a long period of time "til it cools down." I take it to mean that after the engine cools down it WILL restart. So the problem appears not to be a problem with the battery or the alternator, but may be something else entirely. There is no mention as to the status of the voltage gauge in the dash, as that would be an immediate heads-up as to a problem. If the voltage gauge is showing around 12 volts or less, then the alternator is not applying charge to the electrical system and may be in fact, faulty. If the vehicle has a voltage regulator separate from the alternator, (most have an internal regulator found inside the alternator), then the regulator may be bad and needing replacement. However, again there is no mention of this. If the voltage gauge is reading 14 volts or just over, then the alternator and regulator are operating normally and should be applying charge to the electrical system.
If it in fact will restart after a cool down period, then I would suspect something in the electrical system having to do with starting the vehicle is overheating or is getting overheated due to a missing heat shield and will not allow restart until the part cools back down.
If it will not restart without jump starting the vehicle, then there may be a loose wire or connector someplace in the wiring system. These kinds of issues can be very difficult to diagnose, and may require an experienced certified mechanic to find.
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Bad voltage regulator. Usually built-into alternator.
Start car and unplug battery, if it dies your alternator is dead. Get new alternator. If car keeps running, get a voltmeter and check voltage coming through - should be higher than 12v but less than 18v. Any other number means your voltage regulator is dead, cheaper to get a new alternator.

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1982 Yamaha XJ 550, the battery will not take a charge. New battery, checked all connections, ran all the tests (stator, brushes, and alternator). Replaced the voltage regulator/recifier. Not sure what is...


It is corrected properly, right? + to the wiring harness and - to ground ... right? Are you certain about the rectifier? Is the battery charged at this time?

You know a alternator cannot make power unless you first put power into it ... right? Alternators (unlike most generators) are not self exciting. If your battery is weak or "dead", the alternator cannot make electricity to charge the battery. I don't know what the rating of your alternator is. Your battery should be fully charged before you do any more tests. If you have a 1 amp charger, allow at least 10 hours for a full charge. Don't cook your battery with a big, powerful, fast charging automotive battery charger.

Good luck with your repair ... I hope you find this response helpful.

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