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'94 Ranger charging at 15.1 volts is this bad? #4623772
01/04/18 12:01 PM
01/04/18 12:01 PM
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Marshfield , MA
andyd Online content OP
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Freaken Rat. Currently reduced to yard duty. The battery is from my last 528e and about a yr old I plug in the 1/2 A floater at least monthly. Cables are clean and tight. When the truck has warmed up for 10 minutes, idle is down to 900RPM. I put a meter across the power port. 15.1 V. A couple hrs, later I checked the battery voltage, 12.67 V. That is nearly a 100% charge. Resting draw is <25.mA. so the floater is definitely not really necessary if the Rat was used more. Should I be checking the water level in the cells? I want to keep the battery as long as possible. I hope to put it into another old BMW in a yr or so. grin2


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Re: '94 Ranger charging at 15.1 volts is this bad? [Re: andyd] #4623780
01/04/18 12:06 PM
01/04/18 12:06 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
its cold out, the voltage regulator is temperature compensated to some point. Im not seeing an issue if the rested battery is showing 12.67.

A maintenance charge is always prudent.

Re: '94 Ranger charging at 15.1 volts is this bad? [Re: andyd] #4623786
01/04/18 12:09 PM
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Toronto
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^He's right. We get 15V too, but only below freezing and for only a few minutes from a cold start before it scales down to about 14.2V, this is all controlled by the BCM.


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Re: '94 Ranger charging at 15.1 volts is this bad? [Re: andyd] #4623801
01/04/18 12:18 PM
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Onondaga County
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That's normal after a cold start on a cold morning


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Re: '94 Ranger charging at 15.1 volts is this bad? [Re: andyd] #4624072
01/04/18 04:45 PM
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Arizona
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13.8 - 14.5 max, More than that constantly and you'll cook the battery. Voltage is pressure and too much forces too much current into the cells. If you rev the engine does the voltage go up? if it does bad regulator.


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