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Old 11-19-2018, 11:09 PM
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Baffling Loss of Electric Power with Gas 114

Folks

My '74 M110 280C is in excellent condition and the sixth 114 vehicle I've owned since the late Seventies.

The car worked perfectly as usual on a thirty-mile jaunt. When darkness fell I turned on the headlights and stopped for fifteen minutes at a store. The car started normally but I noticed the low beams didn't seem to be working when I got back on the road.

I turned on the high beams which worked as the customary flame-throwers but didn't elicit flashing warning beams from other motorists, no doubt because of the powerful headlamps on modern vehicles.

At another stop I verified that the low beams both didn't work, the fog lamps both didn't work, but the high beams did. I decided I'd drive home on high beams.

After a twenty-minute final errand I turned the key--the dome light dimmed--no starter action at all. Dead--dead--dead. After a minute or two the dome light came back on. Turned the key--nothing.

I fished around in the black trunk and used big channel-lock pliers to twist the battery terminals slightly out of position. No change.

The battery is the heavy usual DieHard but with sealed cells--it's about three years old, with no issues to date.

The impression I got was a total short-circuit/breakdown of the battery.

Would greatly value your thoughts--alternator/diodes/regulator have worked for a decade--many thanks



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Old 11-19-2018, 11:32 PM
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Sounds to me like the alternator not charging. Charge the battery. Check the belt. Check the voltage at the battery terminals with the engine running
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