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My generator light is bright red at idle. It goes off when gass is applied. I have replace the battery, regulator and alternator and still have the same problem. Any suggestions? Thanks.

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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old Sep 22nd, 03, 07:26 PM
 
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Check your ground straps. I think there is one from the sub-frame to body and one from block to body. I'll have to look at my car to be sure. It does seem to be a bad connection somewhere though.
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Also check for cleanliness and condition of contacts. .....OK I had the plug in the rear of my alternator plugged in but not all the way so it looked connected one time. One time. Uh duh! I feel better now. Don't tell anyone I did that OK? Well I think my battery was bad anyway since it wasn't showing it was charging on the gauge. Don't figure it out for me again. I know. The charging condition gauge might help guide you to where the problem is if you have more than an idiot light for readings.
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check to make sure you are getting 12 volts at the distributor where the battery wire goes. I think it is a big red wire. Hope this helps. I changed my system to HEI and the alternator to an internal voltage regulator style. Wasn't hard either. I try to solve the problem before it starts. So far the electrical part has worked.
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check to make sure you are getting 12 volts at the distributor where the battery wire goes. I think it is a big red wire. Hope this helps. I changed my system to HEI and the alternator to an internal voltage regulator style. Wasn't hard either. I try to solve the problem before it starts. So far the electrical part has worked.
Thanks for the help. I was thinking about going to a built in regulator, but was afarid of having to mess with the harness to get it working. You say it was pretty simple, I like to hear about as would like to move in that direction and also HEI.

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Also check for cleanliness and condition of contacts. .....OK I had the plug in the rear of my alternator plugged in but not all the way so it looked connected one time. One time. Uh duh! I feel better now. Don't tell anyone I did that OK? Well I think my battery was bad anyway since it wasn't showing it was charging on the gauge. Don't figure it out for me again. I know. The charging condition gauge might help guide you to where the problem is if you have more than an idiot light for readings.
First thing I did was double and then triple check all the connections. Once you have been bitten by that, you never forget! Thanks for the reply.

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If you are serious about moving to HEI and an internally regulated alternator then call M&H electrical (http://www.wiringharness.com) and order yourself a new front lamp and engine harness. They will make it up for use with the new alternator and HEI so you don't have to. If you need an electric choke lead they can do that too. Kind of pricey at about $250, but worth every penny. They also can make you a conversion kit to convert your existing wiring to the new alternator if you just need that. They are under $20.

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Do you have the wiring diagrams? All I did was follow them and connect the correct wires, but I will look at them again and post how I did it.
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no69x-44 you have mail. For the alernator I connected the 10 gage red wire and the 16 gage dark blue wire together and the 16 gage white wire and the 16 gage brown wire together. this was done at the ends that go to the voltage regulator. And for the HEI I just connected the 20 gage yellow wire and the 20 gage white-orange/purple wire together and connected them to the batt connection on the HEI cap. Hope this helps.
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If you are serious about moving to HEI and an internally regulated alternator then call M&H electrical (http://www.wiringharness.com) and order yourself a new front lamp and engine harness. They will make it up for use with the new alternator and HEI so you don't have to. If you need an electric choke lead they can do that too. Kind of pricey at about $250, but worth every penny. They also can make you a conversion kit to convert your existing wiring to the new alternator if you just need that. They are under $20.

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Thanks for info. I'll check it out as I know I need to move into the 21st ...

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