Re: my 2L is eating batteries
thanks guys for your replies,
marko, i've always been in the habit of making sure nothing electrical is turned on before starting or turning off the engine, also during winter months i keep the clutch pedal pressed down whilst cranking just to take away any drag from the gearbox,
jamesg, i've made some calls about a new alternator, you are right that it's a complete unit, so far i've been quoted £154+vat.
davidc, the AA man did write on the docket that the alternator requres investigation.
today i fitted a new battery put the car up on ramps to get to the alternator and take some readings, starting there and working back to the battery.
13.45v @ idle, connected to alternator terminal
14.35v @ 2500rpm connected to alternator terminal
13.16v @ idle, connected to terminal of junction box on wing
14.27v @ 2500rpm connected to terminal of junction box on wing
13.12v @ idle, connected to battery terminal
14.18 @ 2500rpm connected to battery terminal
what do you guys think, are the readings about right?
one thing i did notice is that the alternator casing gets really hot quickly, i could have burnt myself trying to remove the multimeter lead, i know that there is a fan in there to stop it over heating but i'm guessing that mine is already getting too hot.
i think that i will connect my multimeter to the ciggy socket and take note of the readings whilst the car is on the move and when lights, heater etc are switched on & off.