Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 09-25-2003, 11:01 AM   #1
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
charging again

I had an alternator put on last summer, and had some charging problems this summer due to a loose belt, or so I thought. I had tightened the belt and got good output for a while, but now it is down to 12.1 volts again. Belt seems to be tight enough and is in good shape. The alternator was pep boys special so it could be shot.

My question- at the isolator the reading is 12v, could this be strictly an alternator issue, or a revisit of my older wiring problem, where one moderately burnt (from heat) wire caused the charging system to go bizerk.

I have since run new wire, and wrapped with heat protective thermal tape. I hate to unwrap all that to check but will if I have to.

Maybe a coincidence but my front right parking light and rear side marker are not working and the bulbs are fine. The directionals and all else are ok though.
I will spring for a new heavy duty alternator, probably from the same folks I bought the starter from if necessary.
__________________

__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-25-2003, 01:05 PM   #2
3 Rivet Member
 
Bfrank's Avatar
 
1979 24' Airstream Excella 24
Adams , Tennessee
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 110
wiring

Check your grounds on the marker lights mine had 12 v to the bulb but the grounds were bad therefore no light fixed the ground and I had lights water does get inside of the lenses and
can corrode the rivets they are stuck together with.
__________________

__________________
Bfrank is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2003, 09:09 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
thanks I will check that..I will get the test light out see what happens........
__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2003, 10:08 AM   #4
Rivet Master
 
Astrodokk's Avatar
 
1992 30' Airstream 30
Santa Rosa , Northern California wine country
Join Date: May 2003
Posts: 618
Images: 4
What folks did you buy starter from? I need one.
__________________
Astrodokk is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2003, 11:01 AM   #5
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
I USED THESE GUYS, THE STARTER HAS BEEN TERRIFIC


They make their own billet aluminum cased mini starters. High torque, heat proof. Not expensive.

aluminum cased starters
__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2003, 01:15 PM   #6
Rivet Master
 
87MH's Avatar
 
1978 31' Sovereign
Texas Airstream Harbor , Zavalla, in the Deep East Texas Piney Woods on Lake Sam Rayburn
Join Date: Jan 2003
Posts: 2,435
Images: 292
Starter Replacement

I bought my last two from Moroso Racing.

A bit expensive, but they stand behind them, they replaced the next to last at no charge, but I upgraded to their top of the line starter at the same time.

They put the full purchase price of the old (1 month old) starter towards the purchase of the new top end starter.

No regrets, but I still carry one of the old GM starters - just in case.

I would highly recommend a starter that is designed to keep the solenoid portion pointing toward the ground, not tucked up between the block and the curb side exhaust pipe/manifold.
__________________
Dennis

"Suck it up, spend the bucks, do it right the first time."

WBCCI # 1113
AirForums #1737

Trailer '78 31' Sovereign

Living Large at an Airstream Park on the Largest Lake Totally Contained in Texas
Texas Airstream Harbor, Inc.
87MH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-26-2003, 04:36 PM   #7
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
what i forgot to mention is that with the aluminum starter you can rotate the body around to any position, and then you slide in the bolts. The starter is rotated away from the manifold heat source as much as t can be. I also (taking no chances) wrapped mine in a thermal tec heat wrap, and wrapped the wiring as well.
Not wanting any "side of the road on a 90 degree day" starter problems! Been there, done that...
__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2003, 05:11 PM   #8
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
checked my plugs at the alternator, not loose, checked my wires underneath all looks good heat wrap still intact. 12v at the isolator and battery. Lights on drops it to 10v. Generator on made no difference.(not that I expected it to) Belts are tight .
Guess I need an alternator? 69 bucks at alterstart buys a 130 amp HD with lifetime warranty. The last one i got was 35 at Pep Boys and must be made in China.
__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-27-2003, 05:53 PM   #9
Rivet Master
 
LOST , Hawaii
Join Date: Jun 2002
Posts: 2,193
Alternator time. You should have about 13.6 volts with the battery charged and running. Aren't you glad you discovered this at home?

John
__________________
74Argosy24MH is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 09-29-2003, 07:26 AM   #10
Rivet Master
 
ALANSD's Avatar

 
1966 26' Overlander
Woodstock , Georgia
Join Date: Feb 2002
Posts: 8,463
yes..it has happened to me twice on the road. Once many miles away from home, which is why I ended up with the Pep Boys special. It was all I could find.
At least I got a year out of it.Any suggestions on amperage? Is this one a good choice?
----------------------------------------------------------------------
73-86 CHEVY HIGH OUTPUT ALTERNATOR 135 AMPS

Lifetime Warranty!
Stronger is Better!
This high output capability alternator with 100% new components.

Fits 1973-1986 Chevrolet, Oldsmobile, Pontiac, Cadillac, Buick.

It has an output capability of 135 amps and 55 amps at idle.

No problem installation and no modification to bracket system or wiring is required. Alterstart uses only the best new heavy duty component parts.

USD $69.99
__________________

__________________
ALANSD is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Charging ALANSD Airstream Motorhome Forums 5 09-16-2003 02:12 PM
How to check charging system (69 Safari) Bob Boucneau Electrical - Systems, Generators, Batteries & Solar 2 07-14-2003 11:48 PM
Charging System Sebastian DeWitt Airstream Motorhome Forums 1 06-20-2003 06:44 AM
BatteryMinder charging time davidz71 Our Community 1 12-13-2002 10:55 PM
Charging AC on 71 overlander smily Furnaces, Heaters, Fireplaces & Air Conditioning 7 07-25-2002 06:33 PM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 11:59 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.