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1984 Cougar install Autometer gauges and now Alternator isnt charging.

ok I know I should know this but what wires should I be running through the Voltmeter to have the alternator charge.  worked perfectly fine before the gauges, and now no power is getting to alternator.  jumpered the alternator and it works fine and even changed the regulator.  I know it has something to do with how I hooked up the gauges.


Re: 1984 Cougar install Autometer gauges and now Alternator isnt charging.

Reply #1
The green\red strip wire to the alt needs key on. Normally this goes through a resistor or something and the battery light in the dash.
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Re: 1984 Cougar install Autometer gauges and now Alternator isnt charging.

Reply #2
Yeah, the dash light is part of the excitation circuit.
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Re: 1984 Cougar install Autometer gauges and now Alternator isnt charging.

Reply #3
The green\red strip wire to the alt needs key on. Normally this goes through a resistor or something and the battery light in the dash.

Jumped that wire to 12 volt switched power.   It worked.  Thanks.