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Postby JP Furble » Sun Aug 06, 2006 8:48 pm

OK folks, I need some advice. I converted my Bugeye to an alternator and negative ground a couple of years ago. The car has been driven regularly (during summer months) over that time period without any problems with the battery running down. Then week before last I took it on a 100+ mile drive on a very hot day (mid-90's) and had the lights on to make sure I was seen by oncoming traffic. When I got home the car would hardly restart, the battery appeared to be low.

Realizing that the battery was 4-5 years old, I figured its age had to be the problem. I replaced the battery with a new one. Yesterday I took another 50+ mile drive with the same results, battery would hardly turn the engine over when I got home (did not have the lights on this time however).

My next suspect, the alternator. I removed it and took it to a local auto parts store who put it on their dynamic test machine and it passed with flying colors.

Anybody experienced anything similar? Do you have any suggestions?

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Postby drooartz » Sun Aug 06, 2006 11:39 pm

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Postby JP Furble » Mon Aug 07, 2006 10:45 pm

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Postby Bill Masquelier » Tue Aug 08, 2006 1:57 pm

You may also put in another battery to check if that is bad, I just had one fail completely (in my wife's Buick) with ZERO warning- it just went DEAD.
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