ECM not communicating with alternator's voltage regulator.

Dean Cundall

Asked by Mar 14, 2016 at 01:54 PM about the 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Battery is not charging.  Was told regulater bad.  Replaced alternator have same
problem. Suspected bad wire to ECM or ECM.

8 Answers

Dean Cundall

The ECM in some manner controls the voltage regulator, which charges the battery.


The voltage regulator works all on its own. The computer does not control it in any way.

Matthew Hoffer

rowefast is a MORON the voltage regulator driver is a chip built into the dodge PCM and can only be fixed by 3 methods 1 replace pcm 2 bypass internal pcm voltage regulator with an external one however this will have a check engine light on and a code and the battery guage will read zero 3 remove PCM and take it apart and replace or re solder the voltage regulator driver chip if issue is intermittent then re solder


Excuse Me Ass-Hole? Everybody has a bad day.


Yes the charging system goes through the pcm ,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.check the wiring fron the alternator for a bad fusible link ,also check the wire from the alt to the pcm(brown/grey wire) ,here are some diagram for that system . The pcm would have to be flashed if someone has the equiptment then it can be flashed at somewhere else than a dealer but if you dont know anyone that has the tools to do this (good scanner -snap-on etc)with the reflash capability then it has to be done at the dealer...


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