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Alternator Problems?

Discussion in 'Chevy Trucks' started by Added Touch, Dec 23, 2007.

  1. Added Touch

    Added Touch Member
    Messages: 34

    105 amp ALTENATOR 2500HD


    Well, looks like I'm not alone.... How come out of 3 plow distributors, none of them suggested upgrading my alt when I was quoted and had my plow installed? Doesn't make any sense!!!! Seems pretty common knowledge amongst those of you who have had any exp. plowing. Very frustrating.

    If I have understood some of the posts I have read then plowing a few nights were the dimming etc. happens is basically killing my battery?

    Also, last night I forgot to switch the plow controller off for abot 6 hours and had zero juice left .... is that a typical situation, or should that be ok?

    Thanks again, as always you all are agreat help! Good luck and Merry Christmas!
  2. sweetk30

    sweetk30 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,588

    we have a local plow installer in my town. thay have been screwing up bad in the past month or 2.

    thay seem to be happy to take our money and install the stuff wether its correct or not . and if thay are lucky thay wont drill in to anymore brake boosters on a brand new toyota to the repair price of 1200 bucks again. :eek:

    then a local town truck went in for a plow 8ft. when on the truck thay had the lowest plow point for frame work 2" off the ground. thay never turned up the tbars at all or even sugested it to them. he couldnt even go over a slight parking lot curb to street driveway with out big bottom out.

    and yes thay should at least tell us that some of these basic things should be done or helped out on the truck.
  3. Bad Luck

    Bad Luck Senior Member
    Messages: 741

    It all depends on the installer. Unfortunately there are a lot out there that just want to instal the blade and get you out.
    A couple of things on your dimming lights, try to move your blade as little as possible. This means when plowing only raise it enough to get it off the ground. The less you move the blade, the less juice you will use. Also, what kind of plow set up do you have? I think most come with an automatic cut off. I wired mine into a swithcable 12v source so if the truck ain't running the controller will not turn on. Try having this done, so at the end of the night when your half a sleep you can turn your truck off knowing that everything is shut down.
  4. SnowMatt13

    SnowMatt13 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,559

    I was also told the other day that the alt.. is "on-demand" now. Meaning that it charges when it senses a draw....
  5. B&B

    B&B PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 12,777

    Exactly :nod: There's plenty of installers out there that don't know squat about trucks..just the plows they sell.

    Right, leaving the controller on for hours shouldn't kill the battery.. since the controller shouldn't have power unless the ignition is in the "on" position... sounds like it's wired to a battery hot source to me.

    That's what all alternators do...;) Some just respond quicker to the draw faster/better than others.