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1994 Ford F-150 Question: Volts Gauge is reading 18 volts

 

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Ford94, 5.8L V8, Louisville, KY, March 15, 2010, 17:24
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My volt gauge is reading 18 volts all of the time. I replaced the altenator and voltage regulator and it still reads 18 volts. Power door locks recently stopped working and I am concerned if it continue to run at such a high voltage I will begin to have more problems.

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  • Answer #1

    March 15, 2010, 18:11
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    don't rely on your dash volt meter to be accurate. test the actual voltage with a real volt meter.

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    Visitor, April 25, 2010, 23:08

    If you have an external voltage regulator, clean the grounds. Replace the pigtail that plugs into the alternator. Then replace the pigtail that goes to your regulator if the problem persists.

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    February 16, 2011, 17:22
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    I had the same problem turns out their was a service bulletin for the alternator connector to the wiring harness..I have had two alternators catch on fire.and just replaced a third one, connector fries the altornator but.... there is still-- and you may have the same problem. ... a short somewhere else actually sucking your power and it is not going to be easy to find... you my be having a little issue with your lights dimming at times and the voltage dropping BELOW normal when you turn on the heater as well.?. I need an answer too... you may also have a recall on the cruise control

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