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Why does my battery voltage drop when starting?

Why does my battery voltage drop when starting?

High voltage drop, or unwanted resistance, can creep into a starter circuit in the form of: corroded terminals or connections. loose or poor connections. carbon buildup in relay or solenoid contacts.

Is it OK to charge a motorcycle battery over 14 volts?

Charging system on any vehicle should put out a wee bit over 14 volts to properly charge the battery and as such a battery charger need to do the same so as long as it was not on the charger for an extended period it should be ok however it is best to use a motorcycle specific maintenance charger to avoid over charging

How much voltage do you need to charge a car battery?

To charge it you need a higher voltage so the alternator puts out about 14v to do it. Most so called 12v accessories (phone chargers,etc) are designed actually work on around 14v in reality, because that’s the voltage in the cars wiring loom when it’s running. With the engine off, only the battery is supplying a current at its voltage of 12v.

What causes voltage fluctuations on a Chevy Volt?

Make sure you also check the positive battery cable for corrosion, particularly near the positive battery terminal end. That too can give you voltage flutter. You will have to get creative in removing the red cover off of the cable end. If you need a new battery cable, it is an AC-Delco or dealer part only.

Why do car battery voltages go up and down?

Alternators, or generators as some nitwits decided to call them for new and improved computer controlled vehicles, but that’s another story, anyways charging voltages are directly related to temperature. Starting with a cold engine and surrounding areas, the voltage is higher, as it warms up the voltage goes lower to protect the battery.

What makes my voltage gauge read low when the engine is running?

Oluseun, with the engine running the gauge should measure the output of your alternator. The low voltage may be indicative of issues with your alternator. If you have one of those that shows the voltage without the engine running, then check your gauge for a bad resistor on the dash panel.

What would make my voltage drop from 14 to 11?

First I had the battery light flash in message center and voltage was at 14.7 and took to AutoZone and replaced battery. Light was off for one day then back on. Then next day voltage was at 14.7 and stopped and started back up and I noticed the volt meter went to 11 and stayed there.

Why is the voltage reading on my alternator going up?

While watching the voltmeter display, start wiggling wires at the back of the alternator, the battery, and the remote voltage regulator (if there is one). If the voltage reading on the meter display goes up while wiggling one of the wires, you’ve found a bad electrical wire or connection.

How can you tell if your car charger is in trouble?

Usually, the first sign that your charging system is in trouble is a “battery,” “ALT,” or “CHARGE” warning light illuminating on your instrument panel while driving. It means that for some reason, the alternator has stopped charging the battery and your car is running on battery power.

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Ruth Doyle