98 XJ Check gauges light and 9 volts
Once again, looking to the ultimate source for help here. Yesterday, I started my Cherokee and within a minute, it was at 9 on the IP voltmeter, and the Check Gauges light came on. As I let it run, the needle came back up. I left this morning to drive home to Maine, and about 160 miles into the trip, the voltmeter needle dipped to 9 and the CG light was on again. I stopped for gas, and it was normal again. Then the dip. Stopped for coffee, looked around under the hood (had no tools, as i had the kids and their Christmas gifts in the back), so as long as nothing obvious was wrong, I would keep driving. The needle dropped again, the CG light came on, and remained on for the last 140 miles or so, even with the headlights on. I am leaning towards the alternator starting to go out, but it did make it home. The lights were dimmer, but still on. If there was 0 charge, I doubt I would have gotten that far. The battery is almost 2 years old. And I have had some loud squealing on cold starts, which I thought was the belt, but might have been the pulley bearings. Any and all thoughts are appreciated, as always.
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