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Volt meter falls to 9


 
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:16 pm    Post subject: Volt meter falls to 9 Reply with quote

sometimes I will be driving with only the radio on and my volt meter will fall to nine. I turn off the radio and check to see if lights are on, nothing happens. It doesn't have a problem starting, could it be a bad connection?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 1:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Do you have anything else running (i.e. what other kind of draw on the electrical system is there?) and are you moving or idling?
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PostPosted: Mon Jul 19, 2004 11:07 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yea, more details...it could be a lot of things. When it falls to nine how long does it stay there and what do you have to do to get it to come back to 13.8?
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wait, 9??? Do you have some super-duper sound system or something? I don't think mine's ever dropped that low even after sitting for a week or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:00 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup, the lowest it should ever get to is around 10 or 11...and that's would be with a draw on the battery with the engine not running. Sumpthin' weird is going on...
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 5:41 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have a cheap ass pioneer cd player, and a phone charger running from power outlet. That's it. It will usually stay at nine until the next start up. I don't have any problem starting, but eventually it will fall to 9. No reason known. I think it has something to do with the dash, faulty connection or so.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 10:53 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

So do you think it's a problem with the guage? What condition is your battery in? Have you checked your belts and all of the alternator mounting bolts? Do you have a voltmeter? Do the lights get dim when you stop at a light? What color is the sky? Finger
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 11:20 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

When was the last time you checked the terminals on your battery? Might behoove you to clean them up, and coat them with anti-corrosion stuff.
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 12:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'll check the belts this weekend, The battery is around a year old
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PostPosted: Tue Jul 20, 2004 1:10 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

YellowX wrote:
When was the last time you checked the terminals on your battery? Might behoove you to clean them up, and coat them with anti-corrosion stuff.


Yup my thoughts too. Clean them and use dielectric grease. Look for the obvious first.
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PostPosted: Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:49 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

They look clean, but it can't hurt I guess.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Didja ever figure out what was goin' on with this one Keith?
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 03, 2004 5:44 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nope, I think my jeep is possesed. It falls everyonce in a while but while we were wheeling, it was fine. Thing is wierd.
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PostPosted: Wed Dec 08, 2004 7:21 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

thephantum wrote:
Didja ever figure out what was goin' on with this one Keith?


Well I think it had to do with my alternator going bad. Since my alternator went out on me two days ago, I noticed that the volt gauge was on 9. So if your gauge goes that low get your alternator tested.
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