Voltage problems very strange to me
Help! I have a chalenge and I'm stumped.
Ok, it is 4:15 in the morning and I can't figure out what is wrong with the electrical system in my Jeep. A couple of weeks ago I drove home from a wheeling trip. It was about a 4.5 hour drive from Shaver. About half way home I see that my voltage gauge has begun bouncing around a bit. It peaked at about 12.5 V and dropped to less then 10V. Normaly it sits around 14 depending on the draw. The changes seemed random, it would be 20 seconds high then 5 min low then 10 min high, etc. There was no real pattern. The lights dimmed when the voltage was low, so I don't think it is the meter. I figured it was the voltage regulator, so I thought what the heck I'll replace the whole alternator. Well the symtoms seemed to go away, but tonight I noticed that the lights would dim and the voltage would drop again. I was sitting with the engine running and when I played with the clutch the lights would dim as before, so I checked for a wire near the linkage that might be shorting. I moved every wire under the dash away from the clutch pedal. I even took a look under the hood, but there aren't any wires around it there either. Is there some ground that has failed? ANY ideas? Dang I'm tired. I'm going to bed now. Why would the clutch effect the voltage of the system? All I can think is that somehow when I push on the clutch it grounds the dash better. Help [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/smile.gif[/img]
Pete <font color=yellow>83CJ7</font color=yellow>, <font color=blue>96YZ250</font color=blue>