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Old 01-10-2003, 01:26 AM
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Hey folks,

I've read though hundreds of posts but I still need some help. In park the lights on my 74 J10 are bright and nice, however when driving They dim down when stopped. I can't tell if they are dim or flickering when driving (they seem dim and fluttery but could be the road) I havn't changed the dimmer or hi/lo switch yet. Any thought's could it be the ground or the alt?

Another thing, my gas guage when full doesn't read quite full almost. My last jeep had this problem the connector on top of the tank as causing resistance does this seem like the problem? How do I get to the top of the tank without dropping it?

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Old 01-10-2003, 01:36 AM
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On your headlights is could be a loose alternator belt.Do you still have the external voltage regulator?Could be a problem there.IMHO if you replace the alternator i'd go to newer style with internal reulator.Check your voltage at your battery static(not running)11.8-12.5vdc;running 12.7-13.8vdc.I would check all your wiring and grounds,but it sounds to me either low output from alt/regulator(again make sure belt is tight)or alt/reg is going out.
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Old 01-10-2003, 02:46 AM
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I checked the belts. New and tight. I believe it's an older alt. All kind of dingle-berries hanging off the back. I have an engine coming this week I think I'll see what kind of alt is on it before I buy a new one. What newer style alt do you recomend for a easy swap?

Good thought on the battery I check at lunch.

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Old 01-10-2003, 05:18 AM
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OK Here's what I read across the battery.

13.60v static
16.00v running no accesories on
12.20v running with lights, fan/high, and w/wipers on.

Any thoughts?

Now when I left work for lunch Things seemed great Fuel pegged (full tank) current meter was reading a needle past 0 to the right. And all was good. On the way back needle was on 0 and fuel gauge was off F.

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Old 01-10-2003, 08:52 AM
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13.60 and 16 no load is a tad high. hows the water level in the battery? sounds like the regulator is flaking out and over charging a bit. ideal is about 12.5 at and no moren 14.5 or so running.
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Old 01-10-2003, 12:38 PM
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13.6 static and 16 running no load is definitely overcharging. 12.2 is on the low side for full load scenario.

Like andy said check your battery as well it may well be dry or worse off cooked. Usually pays to just change out the battery as well.

Sorry no experience with the J10 fuel sender access.

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Old 01-10-2003, 01:04 PM
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Yes I agree to check your fluid level in the battery.16v will cook and possibly cause a battery to explode.Time to retire your regulator and alt for a new alt w/internal regulator.While your changing out the alt I'd upgrade your positive and negative battery cables too,if you haven't already.

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