So I noticed tonight while driving, my heater sounds funny. When I get on the gas a bit, it sounds like it's losing RPMs, then once i'm up to speed it returns to a normal RPM. Also, sometimes it feels like i'm losing power and the lights dim.
I had my pair of 100w spots on as well. Could this be an alternator issue? Mine sounds like a grinder, and I know it's probably getting close to time to replace it.
I would suggest taking your alt. to a alternator/starter rebuild shop instead of jumping on a replacement from the parts store. You will end up with a better end product for much less $$. And the rebuild shop will have tested the output in AMPS not just measured voltage.
Might consider some of the alt/battery cable wiring upgrades that have been posted lately also.
I keep getting this feeling that the battery cables already aren't stock.. They're pretty big, but then again I'm comparing them to what Toyota uses...
I'm also wanting to run a higher output alternator eventually. Should I just go for one before mine dies, or replace mine with an OEM? Unless a shop can rebuild it in a day or less, I don't have the time to get it rebuilt as this is my DD, and with me being on call during the week I never know when I'm going to have to go to work..
Okay, I was messing around in the Jeep last night ,and noticed that when the heater sounds like it bogs out, it's actually putting out a LOT more air. Only happens when the rpms are low and I feed in more gas to get up to speed.
Not sure on your problem but clean all ground connections from frame to engine. As for and alternator I suggest going to the CS144 alternator. I upgraded and went to a 1 wire alternator with 140 amps, same alternator bracket with minor adjustments. You'll have all the electrical power you need. You can also collect all your parts, take an afternoon to replace the alternator and then turn in your old alt. for the core charge. I also upgraded to a larger battery.
Well now.. It appears that someone had plugged both vacuum lines into each other. I'll plug them back into the heater controls later, but for now the heater is baking me out. Had both windows down with it being a cool morning (about 65*F) and I was being BAKED inside my Jeep
Don't think I'll have issues with keeping warm going down the highway even with my leaky top.