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Forum: Diesel Discussion 09-12-2012, 11:08 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 1,245
Posted By chetwesley
One brush broken off of voltage regulator - is the regulator doing anything?

Without it?

I have an alternator that seems to be chewing through voltage regulators. I think it is a warn/warped rotor or something, but it has broken three of them now in the same fashion, and...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-02-2012, 03:35 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
The bulb was fine. I replaced the regulator...

The bulb was fine.

I replaced the regulator and the light comes back on.

One of the brushes on the regulator had worn all the way down. When I took out the regulator one side was just a spring...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-02-2012, 01:47 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
I pulled the bulb - and by the way you do not...

I pulled the bulb - and by the way you do not need to remove the cluster, just the panel below the driver's dash and you can reach up there.

This is an incredibly dumb question but I will go ahead...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-02-2012, 01:13 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Sorry, I forgot to mention it - we are talking...

Sorry, I forgot to mention it - we are talking about the position where you glow the plugs, right?

The light does not come on.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-02-2012, 02:00 AM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Anyone know if you have to pull out the whole...

Anyone know if you have to pull out the whole instrument cluster to get at that light? I have been back there before I think, but now I can't remember the whole deal.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-01-2012, 06:39 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Test the alternator or the battery? I know...

Test the alternator or the battery?

I know the battery is fine, it charges with a charger and holds a charge, and I know that the alternator is not charging the battery, so it is unlikely that...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-01-2012, 05:52 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks, I will check to see if the bulb comes on...

Thanks, I will check to see if the bulb comes on when I glow it.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-01-2012, 02:08 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Battery is only a year old or so. The alternator...

Battery is only a year old or so. The alternator definitely is not working because it would not charge the battery in a 1 hr drive. By the time I got home, the lights were VERY dim, barely on. Seems...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 05-01-2012, 01:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 8,927
Posted By chetwesley
Alternator not working - shouldn't battery light come on?

Yesterday I got out of work and discovered my battery wouldn't turn my starter.

Got a jump from someone and then drove home, lights were totally dim by the time I got back.

The battery light...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-04-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks for the responses... one other thing I...

Thanks for the responses... one other thing I should have mentioned. The problem with the pedal being "soft" for the first 1/2 way got worse over time. Like at first it was only maybe 1/4 of the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 11-04-2011, 01:51 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Haven't been using the car for a few days and...

Haven't been using the car for a few days and went to test it today and now the clutch has very little resistance for about 1/2 the travel, but will still pull out the clutch.

It seems very weak...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 11:53 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 669
Posted By chetwesley
I definitely previously experienced clunky...

I definitely previously experienced clunky rattles on bumpy terrain with worn/broken guide rod ends.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 02:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
I brought the battery in to be tested at the...

I brought the battery in to be tested at the place I bought it.

They said it would be 45 min to test it, but after about 10 they said it was fine.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 02:11 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
240D. The alternator was rebuilt in July. I...

240D.

The alternator was rebuilt in July. I would need to double check, but pretty sure I remember seeing that the belt was replaced with it. A mechanic did it, as I was on a trip out town with...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 02:08 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Thank you for your concern leathermang. I'm...

Thank you for your concern leathermang. I'm making plans to rent a car tomorrow presently. I realize it is not a good idea to drive it like that, but don't have an alternative vehicle. Where I work,...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 12:32 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
Update to this. Last night I drove home in...

Update to this.

Last night I drove home in the dark, lights on radio blasting.

Then after I parked it I went to start it again to test out this weird clutch problem I am having and battery was...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 12:01 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
I drove it to work this morning. Mostly freeway,...

I drove it to work this morning. Mostly freeway, but in the couple miles between the freeway and my job, it happened twice fully and partially a third time.

It feels like a hard jam of the clutch...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 09:58 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks. I checked the slave and it is on tight....

Thanks. I checked the slave and it is on tight. Same with the master.

I do wonder if this is a more serious thing. Since I bought the car about 3 years ago there has been a "rattling" from the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 04:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
I checked fluid level and the bolts on the three...

I checked fluid level and the bolts on the three clamps on the levers that connect the rods from the shifter to the transmission under the car. That all seemed fine.

Also checked the pedal -- as...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 03:15 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks for the response leathermang. Could...

Thanks for the response leathermang.

Could you elaborate? You mean the rods from the shifter to the clutch, or the pedal? Under the car literally?
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-27-2011, 02:20 AM
Replies: 17
Views: 1,776
Posted By chetwesley
Question Clutch pedal occasionally doesn't go all the way in

This happened twice today, never happened before.

I push on the clutch pedal and it stops part way, maybe 1/2 to 3/4 of the way down.

The strange thing is that it still seems to shift in and...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-20-2011, 04:15 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By chetwesley
thanks. also have a service manual somewhere if...

thanks. also have a service manual somewhere if i can dig it up on my old computer. it probably has the wiper electric diagrammed.

if anyone has any ideas it will help regardless.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-19-2011, 12:59 AM
Replies: 2
Views: 385
Posted By chetwesley
wipers blowing fuse immediately

The other day I disconnected my battery with car running and wipers started moving on their own (powered by alternator which may have been putting out too high of a voltage at the time).

Now known...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-18-2011, 08:38 PM
Replies: 99
Views: 6,237
Posted By chetwesley
Mine has squeaks on pretty much every suspension...

Mine has squeaks on pretty much every suspension part, knocks when the engine is cold, burns a bunch of oil, has unknown amount of miles (likely 300K+) and I drive it 300+ miles per week.

I took...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-18-2011, 02:46 AM
Replies: 49
Views: 4,496
Posted By chetwesley
I drive 100 miles at 70MPH three times/week. I do...

I drive 100 miles at 70MPH three times/week. I do occasionally get up there and reach for the invisible 5th gear, but most of the time I don't even think about it. The engine is running fast at that...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-18-2011, 02:25 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
Just an update - I replaced the voltage reg and...

Just an update - I replaced the voltage reg and at last check, it was reading about 12.9V with car off, and 13.6 ish with it running. I am still getting a slight drop in voltage with revving the...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-17-2011, 04:12 AM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks, I will see if I can get a new...

Thanks,

I will see if I can get a new regulator locally tomorrow. There is a re-builder not very far from where I live.

When I measured the voltage, I had the probes from my multimeter wedged...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-16-2011, 07:41 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
I don't know a more normal way to troubleshoot....

I don't know a more normal way to troubleshoot. That is why I am here asking questions.

The windshield wipers ran on their own only with the car running. Sorry if that was unclear.
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-16-2011, 07:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
Alright, I just learned a bunch of stuff. 1....

Alright, I just learned a bunch of stuff.

1. Took the battery where I bought it and they tested it and said it is fine.

2. I (stupidly?) drove with my + battery terminal disconnected (for fear...
Forum: Diesel Discussion 10-16-2011, 04:40 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 1,363
Posted By chetwesley
Thanks so much for the responses so far. ...

Thanks so much for the responses so far.

Here's some more numbers:

Battery prior to starting: just under 13V

Alternator only (w + bat terminal disconnected) -
- at idle: between 13.5 and...
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