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Re: [T3] UPDATE: Generator Light (not my clutch light ;))

On 11 Aug 2006 at 15:16, mackenzie wrote:

> I thought everyone would like a quick update on my Generator Light- aka: what I thought was my clutch light. 
> I took it in to the great mechanic that Tim Kuhen recommended. He found that the generator was actually over 
> charging at 14.8 volts. So he's putting a voltage regulator on. 

It's VERY unusual to find a VR that's regulating high. I've never seen one, but 
I've heard of one other case.

> Also, the fuel overflow hose was bad, which might be part of my fuel problem. 

Yes, that's not good.

> But, he found that one of my cylinders had low compression (45lbs) which was the reason there was a popping 
> noise, and is likely the culprit of my low fuel economy. He's going to adjust the valves, and tighten the lower cylinder 
> heads, but if that doesnt work it could mean a valve job, or if there's more that needs to be done we're toying with 
> the possibility of rebuilding..... 

Yes, this is a real problem. It sounds like he's doing the right think, and the 
only thing you can really do at this point. If you're lucky the nuts have just 
come loose, but otherwise it means a valve job, or (worse) head studs pulling 
out of the case.

> I'll keep everyone posted, but wanted to thank everyone for their advice. I've got my dummy guide book arriving in 
> the mail this week, and I'm looking forward to reading and learning- even if I dont get the opportunity to do any of 
> the repairs myself. Oh, and I remembered to take notes with the mechanic this time so I could give better details than 
> previously ;).

The Idiot's guide is fun to read, but the Bentley manual will give you the real 
scoop. Notes are always a good thing until you get to the point where you 
understand what he's telling you at the first listening.

Good luck, and keep us posted.   ;-)

Jim Adney
Madison, WI 53711-3054

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