1983 dodge power ram w150, severely Overcharging, WHY

Asked by Jan 18, 2014 at 10:04 AM about the 1983 Dodge RAM 150 Short Bed 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have a 1983 dodge power ram w150. New battery, alternator, voltage regulator (2nd). Battery is Severely Overcharging. have owem cked green ground - no short - have volt cked red lead to reg-start circuit - volts same as batt w/ ignition on.  New ground cable installed -- please help with additional idea or test Thanks, Dale

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Check the voltage at the battery with the engine idling. It should be around 14.5. If it is and the battery is not gassing you're fine. You can smell a gassing battery just by sniffing around it. Usually an overcharging condition is caused by a bad battery connection or a bad alternator connection. If you're truck is equipped with a charging system indicator light be sure the bulb isn't burned out. Also check the connections at the ignition switch, ballast resistor, and distributor. HTH. -Jim

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