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'97 1500 5.9 generator light

Old 02-13-2018, 04:06 AM
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Hello y'all... I'm having some trouble diagnosing some electrical issues with my 97 Dodge Ram 1500 truck and I'm hoping y'all can assist me in figuring this out.

I started my truck up and immediately it didn't sound right, which was my first red flag, but I then noticed about 5 minutes later after driving the "gen" light came on and the gauge inside reads far less than the average 13.8-14,8 volts (roughly 8-10v on the gauge) and all the interior/exterior lights and electronics lose a significant amount of brightness/power.

After hooking up a multimeter with the truck off, the battery reads around 12.3 volts. Once I start it the voltage reads roughly around the same, but turning the lights on and heater full on, voltage drops to around the even side of 11V on multimeter (8-11V on the gauge). Revving or driving at RPMs above 3000 increases the V reading to around normal, but I notice there is a power drop when idle and the light comes back on. Alternator is new about a year old, ECM was replaced roughly the same time as alternator, and the battery is about a year or two older. 156k on odometer.

Any hints or advice on what may be causing the low voltage or gen light to turn on? From what I can gather it's a) alternator, b) battery, c) PCM/ECM, d) a blown fuse, e) some other clusterf*ck. I have a fairly limited knowledge of the electronics of a vehicle, so I'm at a disadvantage, but any help would be incredibly welcome .
Old 02-13-2018, 06:40 AM
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Check your belt tentioner,They have been known to freeze up and allow the belt to slip.

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