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2000 Dodge Durango 4.7L. Check gauges light came on and the battery gauge dropped to 8. Bought a battery. It cranked but a mile and a half later guage drops to 8 again and lights on again. Is this my alternator? If so any repair tips are appreciated.


is there a check engin light

is there a check engin light on?
i ask because the computer controls the alt. output.
have you check the voltage at the batt. when the gauge reads low, may be a gauge or cluster problem.

I have not checked the

I have not checked the voltage and there is a check gauges light on. No check engine light though. I started it again and let it idle for a bit then droe it around the block. For a few minutes the battery gauge read then after that the gauge dropped back to 8. The radio and lights never stopped working as it had done when it left my wife stranded yesterday. This is why I thought battery wasnt my problem (still glad I changed the battery.)

Have the charging system

Have the charging system checked,for free, at autozone or a parts store which checks them for free. This will eliminate the alt. if it's not the problem.

you can ground a wire on the

you can ground a wire on the alt. to test the output of the alt., you'll need a volt meter.
let me know if you want me to send the info and pics to a email ad. mws919

Does grounding this wire

Does grounding this wire bypass the regulator?

there's no regulator on a

there's no regulator on a chrysler atl., the pcm controls output.
ground the wire is the same thing the pcm does to up the voltage, can also be tested with a scan tool.

Description and Operation

Description and Operation

CHARGING SYSTEM
The charging system consists of:

Generator
Electronic Voltage Regulator (EVR) circuitry within the Powertrain Control Module (PCM)
Ignition switch (refer to Ignition System for information)
Battery (refer to Battery for information)
Battery temperature sensor
Check Gauges Lamp (if equipped)
Voltmeter (refer to Instrument Panel and Gauges for information)
Wiring harness and connections (refer to Wiring for information)
The charging system is turned ON and OFF with the ignition switch. The system is on when the engine is running and the ASD relay is energized. When the ASD relay is on, voltage is supplied to the ASD relay sense circuit at the PCM. This voltage is connected through the PCM and supplied to one of the generator field terminals (Gen. Source +) at the back of the generator.

The amount of direct current produced by the generator is controlled by the EVR (field control) circuitry contained within the PCM. This circuitry is connected in series with the second rotor field terminal and ground.

A battery temperature sensor, located in the battery tray housing, is used to sense battery temperature. This temperature data, along with data from monitored line voltage, is used by the PCM to vary the battery charging rate. This is done by cycling the ground path to control the strength of the rotor magnetic field. The PCM then compensates and regulates generator current output accordingly.

All vehicles are equipped with On-Board Diagnostics (OBD) . All OBD-sensed systems, including EVR (field control) circuitry, are monitored by the PCM. Each monitored circuit is assigned a Diagnostic Trouble Code (DTC) . The PCM will store a DTC in electronic memory for certain failures it detects. Refer to On-Board Diagnostics in Emission Control System for more DTC information.

The Check Gauges Lamp (if equipped) monitors: charging system voltage, engine coolant temperature and engine oil pressure. If an extreme condition is indicated, the lamp will be illuminated. This is done as a reminder to check the three gauges. The signal to activate the lamp is sent via the multiplexed bus circuits. The lamp is located on the instrument panel. Refer to Instrument Panel and Gauges for additional information.

GENERATOR
The generator is belt-driven by the engine using a serpentine type drive belt. It is serviced only as a complete assembly. If the generator fails for any reason, the entire assembly must be replaced.

As the energized rotor begins to rotate within the generator, the spinning magnetic field induces a current into the windings of the stator coil. Once the generator begins producing sufficient current, it also provides the current needed to energize the rotor.

The Y type stator winding connections deliver the induced alternating current to 3 positive and 3 negative diodes for rectification. From the diodes, rectified direct current is delivered to the vehicle electrical system through the generator battery terminal.

Although the generators appear the same externally, different generators with different output ratings are used on this vehicle. Be certain that the replacement generator has the same output rating and part number as the original unit.

Noise emitting from the generator may be caused by: worn, loose or defective bearings; a loose or defective drive pulley; incorrect, worn, damaged or misadjusted fan drive belt; loose mounting bolts; a misaligned drive pulley or a defective stator or diode.

BATTERY TEMPERATURE SENSOR
The Battery Temperature Sensor (BTS) is attached to the battery tray located under the battery.

The BTS is used to determine the battery temperature and control battery charging rate. This temperature data, along with data from monitored line voltage, is used by the PCM to vary the battery charging rate. System voltage will be higher at colder temperatures and is gradually reduced at warmer temperatures.

The PCM sends 5 volts to the sensor and is grounded through the sensor return line. As temperature increases, resistance in the sensor decreases and the detection voltage at the PCM increases.

The BTS is also used for OBD II diagnostics. Certain faults and OBD II monitors are either enabled or disabled, depending upon BTS input (for example, disable purge and enable Leak Detection Pump (LDP) and O2 sensor heater tests). Most OBD II monitors are disabled below 20 °F .

ELECTRONIC VOLTAGE REGULATOR
The Electronic Voltage Regulator (EVR) is not a separate component. It is actually a voltage regulating circuit located within the Powertrain Control Module (PCM) . The EVR is not serviced separately. If replacement is necessary, the PCM must be replaced.

The amount of direct current produced by the generator is controlled by EVR circuitry contained within the PCM. This circuitry is connected in series with the generators second rotor field terminal and its ground.

Voltage is regulated by cycling the ground path to control the strength of the rotor magnetic field. The EVR circuitry monitors system line voltage (B+) and battery temperature (refer to Battery Temperature Sensor for more information). It then determines a target charging voltage. If sensed battery voltage is 0.5 volts or lower than the target voltage, the PCM grounds the field winding until sensed battery voltage is 0.5 volts above target voltage. A circuit in the PCM cycles the ground side of the generator field up to 100 times per second (100 Hz) , but has the capability to ground the field control wire 100 % of the time (full field) to achieve the target voltage. If the charging rate cannot be monitored (limp-in), a duty cycle of 25 % is used by the PCM in order to have some generator output. Also refer to Charging System Operation for additional information.

Thank you for your time and

Thank you for your time and help. It was the alt. I also found out that my particular Durango uses the 136A alt and therefore it was $100 more darn it. I dont seem to have the less expensive problems :) Thank you again.

kool your back on the road,

kool your back on the road, too bad about cost, but i guess that's life, remenber every dog has it's day, your's is comming.

"thor9hammer" glad to hear

"thor9hammer" glad to hear it.


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