- 1 Can the voltage regulator be controlled by the PCM?
- 2 How do I know if my voltage regulator is bad?
- 3 What happens if you remove a voltage regulator?
- 4 How do you test a PCM voltage regulator?
- 5 Does the PCM control the alternator?
- 6 Can you drive with a bad voltage regulator?
- 7 What causes voltage regulator failure?
- 8 How much does it cost to replace a voltage regulator?
- 9 Can you replace a voltage regulator?
- 10 What are the signs of a failing alternator?
- 11 Do alternators have built in voltage regulators?
- 12 Is 16 volts too high?
- 13 How does a PCM regulate alternator output?
Can the voltage regulator be controlled by the PCM?
Our PCM voltage control module will give the user complete control of the voltage setpoint while retaining OEM integration on PCM controlled charging systems. Our module can either be programmed to a fixed voltage or allow for adjustable voltage while maintaining battery light function.
How do I know if my voltage regulator is bad?
Symptoms of a bad voltage regulator may include:
- High voltage output.
- Low voltage output, sometimes.
- No voltage output.
- Lights dim or flicker.
- Faulty high-beam headlamp bulbs.
- Engine working erratically (weak or flickering ignition system)
- Adding water to the battery frequently.
What happens if you remove a voltage regulator?
The voltage regulator in your vehicle is in charge of keeping the right amount of electrical power flowing consistently to certain parts of your car. This means if the voltage regulator is broken, the components in your electrical system might only work erratically or not at all.
How do you test a PCM voltage regulator?
You can make another simple system check by connecting a low-current test light, duty-cycle meter or oscilloscope to the ground-side field terminal. Then restart the engine. If the regulator is toggling the ground side of the field on and off, then the test light should blink.
Does the PCM control the alternator?
The PCM sends a 5-volt, variable duty cycle signal to the terminal to control the alternator voltage set point.
Can you drive with a bad voltage regulator?
A bad voltage regulator may cause it to simply not work or behave erratically. You’re not likely to be able to start the car at all, but even if you could, it wouldn’t be wise to do so without knowing how fast you’re driving, how much fuel you have left, and other critical info.
What causes voltage regulator failure?
They usually fail because they’re under rated for the constant current draw. Running the motor with the battery disconnected – or even a poor contact on the battery terminals – can also blow them.
How much does it cost to replace a voltage regulator?
Between $451 and $519 is the average cost for a voltage regulators replacement. The cost of labor is between $258 and $326 while the cost of parts is $193.
Can you replace a voltage regulator?
Remove the screws or bolts holding the regulator to the car frame, or alternator, using a wrench or screwdriver. Position the new regulator, aligning it with the holes on the alternator or car frame. Install the mounting screws through the holes in the new regulator and tighten them, by turning them clockwise.
What are the signs of a failing alternator?
7 Signs of a Failing Alternator
- Dim or Overly Bright Lights.
- Dead Battery.
- Slow or Malfunctioning Accessories.
- Trouble Starting or Frequent Stalling.
- Growling or Whining Noises.
- Smell of Burning Rubber or Wires.
- Battery Warning Light on Dash.
Do alternators have built in voltage regulators?
Some alternators required revving the engine to a certain RPM in order to excite the alternator so it would turn on and start charging. External voltage regulators are eliminated and built into the alternator itself.
Is 16 volts too high?
For some alternators, it’s normal to see as low as 13 volts. For some, a constant 13.6 volts is an indication of a problem. For others, it’s normal to see as high as 16 volts for long stretches. Still, it’s perfectly normal for others to see the alternator not charge at all intermittently.
How does a PCM regulate alternator output?
The PCM senses the battery voltage via terminal B, also referred to as Kelvin sense. The PCM controls a PWM signal to the field (F terminal) to control the field strength and alternator output.