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FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

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It might be a good idea to check or just replace the white/yellow wire that runs from the alt to the link/fuse/breaker. I just replaced mine up to the connector in the under the dash on the pass. side. The insulation looked intact yet there was corrosion in the wire strands. I used marine grade 10ga. wire. It appears that now there is less voltage drop than before......

The white/yellow wire goes from the alt to the battery and it's spliced midstream that brings power to the interrior.

I'm running a 108 amp GM alt and have had some wacky charging episodes. Hopefully, this will take care of that.......
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Re: FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

Good idea to do CrowHorse "The white/yellow wire goes from the alt to the battery and it's spliced midstream that brings power to the interrior

What did you do about the splice midsteam?? To connect the new 10ga wire
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Re: FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

I used a posi-lock connector to make the splice. It's not designed to do this as I did. I opened up the hole on one side of the connector to allow 2 10ga. wires to connect on one side. The nice part about them is that they are reusable.....
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From the posi-lock connector, the wire runs up to a breaker on the firewall......
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Re: FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

Crow, I haven't seen that type of connector before. Where do you get them?
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you get my vote for best use of zip-ties. [img]images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Re: FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

I get them at AutoZone or Napa......

http://www.posi-lock.com/
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Brad...LOL!!!!!!!!!!!!

I started replacing them with the low profile ty-raps so I don't cut myself to pieces while working on the motor....
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Thanks Crow!
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Re: FYI....Upgrading Charging Wire......

CorwHorse,

Thanks for the tip. The more I think about it, the more it makes sense that this is why my voltage drops to 11.8 when I turn on my headlights, and stays low even after I turn them off. If the wire is acting like a resister and the resistance increases as it heats up, then even with the lights off it will have a higher resistance, and therefore a voltage drop. I'll be tearing into it this weekend.
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