I recently had two issues occur in the same day and I suspect they are common but I'm not sure. I have spent two hours reading alternator
output posts but before I drive 2 hours with my troubleshooting list, I thought I'd ask for some advice here.
First, my tack and temp gauge normally read when I remove the ignition key (I'm not sure that is normal but it is for my boat). Suddenly, the both indicators stopped functioning (with the key removed). So I inserted and turned the key back on and both indicators returned to normal.
Seemingly (and possibly) unrelated to the ignition switch issue above, I realized the same day that my engine
was not charging
the batteries. When I got back to my marina and reconnected to shore power
(after having discharged one to 12.2 and the other to 12.5), the charger
ran at full capacity (15A) for the two hours I was there.
I'll be checking voltages, wiring
, contacts, fuses
, etc. when I go back tomorrow but it seems too coincidental that I'd have two electrical
problems in the same day. Can anyone here provide any thoughts on how the two might be related or what the cause of my alternator
I'll post my findings.