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Re: [T3] gen/VR issues... part 27

Using the Bentley, we performed the following tests:
No-load voltage:  Nothing!
Test generator w/o regulator:  Voltage.
Okay, regulator was suspect so we removed the one there (a new unit) and put
the old one back in.
No-load voltage test was successful as were readings at the fuse box.  In-dash
voltmeter needle was happily swinging away thru the rpm and various voltage
drops.  Problem solved...or so we thought.
Took car on a drive.  After about 5 minutes or less, voltmeter stopped showing
charge (needle stopped swinging).  Running off battery only.
Performed no-load voltage test:  Failed.
Performed test generator w/o regulator:  Failed!!
(This is after I saw blue light flashing from the back of the car and Brian
yelling "TURN IT OFF! TURN IT OFF! ")
Generator is now no good (or so it seems).

I don't have an ammeter so we couldn't perform the current test.

Also, would somebody please explain how the generator idiot light SYSTEM
works?  Brian's car does not have an idiot light so that terminal on the
regulator is open.  I was wondering if we could put a test light on that and
how to wire it.

     Toby Erkson  --  air_cooled_nut@pobox.com
     '72 VW Squareback, '95 VW Jetta, '81 Gold Wing
     Portland, Oregon

----- Original Message -----
> ... we took off
> for a drive.  we drove through town, noting that the voltage was good
> and would vary a bit with rpms.  5 miles into the drive we hit the
> freeway on ramp and i rap through the gears... enjoying the cruise and
> listening to the motor.  get to the offramp by my house 4 miles later
> and the meter is reading below 12v and with revs the meter shows no
> change.  grrrr.   get back to the house, and go through the
> bentley/adney battery of tests... ZERO output from the generator again!
>   aaaaaauuuuughhhhhhhhhhhh!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  this is exactly what it did
> before when i thought i had it fixed... it cut out after rapping through
> the gears...

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