[T3] Endlesss Problems...another update...

Bobsnotch at aol.com Bobsnotch at aol.com
Sat Dec 11 19:08:26 PST 2010

In a message dated 12/11/2010 7:54:10 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
j_jonik at yahoo.com writes:

- Drove  it across town (8 miles, only getting to 4th gear once for about a 
half mile,  and NO Problems....'cept that maybe the idle needs a quarter 
turn up. No  hesitation, no bucking, no threats of stall-out, no gas smells, 
no need to rev  at stops, didn't balk at acceleration, nothing.   The cig 
lighter's  been busted for a little while though.   Car drives like it's  
supposed to.  Haven't done 70 (sustained or otherwise) on a highway yet  though.

So....I'll keep a record of voltages to see if there's  any changes.  If it 
gets lower day by day, that means ...what.... ?  Still, what did I "fix"?

Sounds like all the FI problems were "low voltage" related. This is why we 
asked you to do some tests, and Jim asked you  to charge the battery. You 
could still be having a VR related problem  though.What was the voltage after 
start up, with the engine at medium revs? If  below 14.1, then you need a 
different VR. Remember the t-3 FI system is voltage  sensitive. If the voltage 
starts dropping off again, it can be caused by a  couple of things. 1) 
there's a slow drain while the car is off, like the  radio-clock memory, 2) a 
bad Voltage regulator not allowing full charging power  to recharge the 
battery,  3) you're not driving the car far enough to  actually "recharge" the 
battery after the initial start up. This is a big  problem for low mileage 
"city" cars, as they don't run long enough to charge the  battery, or dry out 
the exhaust system. On our cars, low speed city driving  doesn't allow the 
engine revs to get high enough to charge the battery, or keep  it topped off. 
This is part of the reason quite a few people have gone to an  alternator 

Bob 65 Notch  S with sunroof and IRS (Krusty)
71 Notch (Krunchy)
64 T-34 Ghia  (Wolfie)
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