a. Test, On Equipment. Before doing the following
test, check battery condition (para 3-6 and 4-23),
(1) Connect an accurate voltmeter across the
batteries and check battery voltage with engine not
running. Record the voltage.
(2) Now start the engine and run it at
approximately 1000 rpm. The voltmeter should show an
increase from the reading obtained in step (l). If the
voltage rises excessively (over 14.2V), the charging system
may be defective or the voltage regulator needs
Do not attempt to adjust regulator voltage if
batteries are in low state of charge. System
voltage will Increase as the batteries receive
Bench Test. This test can be performed to
determine if the fault is in the alternator, voltage
regulator, or diode trio. Because the voltage regulator is
Voltage Adjustment. If batteries are constantly
built into the alternator, the test block arrangement is
simple. If a commercial test block is not available. use the
undercharging or overcharging, and all other causes, such
as bad connections, damaged wiring, or slipping drive belt
have been checked, make the following adjustment:
batteries and run engine at approximately 1000 rpm.
Do not attempt to turn the adjustment screw
past its internal stops or damage will result.
regulator. Turn adjustment screw with a small screwdriver
and attempt to bring voltage to proper setting
(13.6-14.2V). The ideal setting will be a value which
maintains the batteries in a fully charged condition
without excessive water usage.
(3) Install nylon screw after adjusting to prevent
entrance of dirt and water.
(4) If output voltage is excessively high and
(1) Connect one end of a short jumper lead to
cannot be lowered by turning the adjustment screw,
negative output terminal. Connect opposite end of
replace voltage regulator.
jumper lead to a short stiff piece of wire at least 11/2-inches
long. Insert this wire into the small hole in end of brush
(5) If output voltage is low and cannot be
holder so that it firmly contacts the outer brush terminal
increased by turning the adjustment screw, remove the
and gives a full field condition.