Do a full-field test. This basically shorts the voltage regulator to full charge, and the output will tell you if the alternator is up to snuff.
How do I do that ?? Is it something I can do at home ?Do a full-field test. This basically shorts the voltage regulator to full charge, and the output will tell you if the alternator is up to snuff.
AGM (Absorbed glass mat) batteries such as the Optima will tend to discharge at a very slow rate, maybe .1v per month as opposed to a typical flooded battery which may discharge at .5v or more per month.how can I test mine at home first of all ?
A full-field test will tell you if the alternator is putting out rated voltage but not rated amperage. A charging system tester will a carbon-pile load to check output. You can remove your alternator and take it to a major retailer like AutoZone and they will test it for no charge.
if I need to replace what are the options ? Eventually I'll add a stereo system with an amp on 4 three way speakers, and maybe a small sub woofer and small amp on that.
There are a multitude of options out there from the Ford 2G-cased with 100a output to 200a 4g-series to 300+a FAD-series. The one that meets the maximum demands of your electrical system plus a small reserve IMHO would be best.
I have an Optima red top battery how long should it stayed charged with the car sitting with the positive cable removed ?
what is the benefit of that alternator ?the alt should put out approx 13.8 volts to the battery when running , if its bad do the 3G ford Alt conversion
what is the benefit of that alternator ?i just threw in a Powermaster retro unit from summit. made is US and resembles original style
A. Do a search on 3G conversion, parts are readily available from any parts store.what is the benefit of that alternator ?
what is the benefit of that alternator ?