Common Indications of a Defective Dodge Alternator
With the task of producing electrical charge to recharge your battery, a failing alternator will result in a stalling vehicle. Without the battery recharging, the electrical systems inside the vehicle drain the electrical charge in the battery and will eventually stop functioning. A bad diode inside the alternator as well as driving for long span of time under hot weather can also cause your Dodge alternator to fail.
When you turn on the headlight and step on the accelerator, observe the headlights. If the headlights flicker, become brighter, or become dimmer, your Dodge alternator may be failing. You may also notice that while driving during nighttime, your headlight may glow very dimly.
Illuminated charge light
When you see the charge light or battery light is illuminated, this is a direct indication that your Dodge alternator is malfunctioning.
Vehicle needs to be jump-started
If your vehicle does not start on its own and needs to be jump-started, this is a sign of a defective alternator. Moreover, once you remove the jump-start cables and your vehicle runs for a while but then stalls, requiring another jump-start, this is also an indication of a faulty alternator.
Vehicle stalls when negative cable is removed
If your Dodge vehicle stalls or dies when the negative cable is removed from the battery while the engine is running, your Dodge alternator may not be functioning well. This means that the alternator is not producing sufficient electricity to keep the engine running on its own. You can check first for the battery voltage while the engine is running and the battery is fully charged. With a multimeter, probe the positive battery terminal with the red test lead. The black test lead, on the other hand, goes to the battery negative terminal. The test reading will show either a steady 13.5 to 14.5 volts DC or a 12.5 volts DC that decreases while the engine stays running. Then, turn on everything that uses electricity inside the vehicle, such as the air conditioning or heater, windshield wipers, headlights, and other signalling lights. If the multimeter displays a steady 13.5 to 14.5 volts DC even when you open these accessories, this means that your alternator is not the problem. However, if the multimeter registers a 12.5 volts DC that decreases when you turn on more things inside the vehicle, this tells you that your alternator is defective and not charging the battery.
Other troubleshooting tips
When performing the headlight test, make sure to do it in open areas to guarantee no carbon monoxide build-up. There is no definite way to know for sure that an alternator is defective. You can only be certain of a bad alternator by having it tested. Another thing that causes an alternator to not charge is a blown inline fusible link, which prevents the alternator's charging output from reaching the battery. A continuity test is usually conducted to determine whether you have a blown link or not. Most automotive service centers offer alternator testing for a fee.
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