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post #1 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2003, 01:43 PM
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Ammeter vs. Voltmeter

I have looked at the archives for this and have had no luck. I understand the difference between a voltmeter and an ammeter (guages) but not sure which would be better to put in my '94 Tracker. What is your preference? I am gonna put a triple guage set (temp., oil press, volt or amp) in and would like to know what her "vitals" are (factory guages don't give enough info until it is too late).
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2003, 03:27 PM
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Re: Ammeter vs. Voltmeter

Both gauges are desirable, each tells a different story about your charging and battery system. Asking what we like is like asking which of your feet is better to keep, left or right foot. Go for both.
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Re: Ammeter vs. Voltmeter

What donald said, but if you absolutly can't have both, I prefer the volt meter. It gives clear indicator of
both battery and charging condition in one gauge. if the motor is off, it better read 12-13 or the bats gone.
running it should show 14+.
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post #4 of (permalink) Old 10-13-2003, 04:20 PM
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Re: Ammeter vs. Voltmeter

I used to have an aftermarket ammeter in my old truck, one day I went out and tried to start it and got nothing. after looking everything over I remembered hearing somewhere about bad ammeters killing your electical system. disconnected it from the circuit and the old truck fired right up! voltmeters for me from here on out.
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