I installed a new Balmar
70 amp alternator
and AR-5 regulator
on my Westerbeke
and have a problem I don't understand at all.
appears to be working correctly, but...
When I turn on the ignition switch the temperature gauge and oil
pressure gauge immediately peg all the way to the right. The voltage gauge stays all the way to the left. This happens before I start the engine
and they don't change when the engine starts.
I'm pretty sure I connected all the wires correctly, but obviously I did something wrong. I tried disconnecting the tach and exciter wires at the alternator, but the needles still pegged when I turned on the ignition.
I am at a loss, I don't even know where to begin to track this down. Has anybody seen anything similar or have any suggestions on how to troubleshoot this?
Thanks in advance.