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Old 03-02-2019, 06:54 PM   #21
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Originally Posted by Ski in NC View Post
When alarm comes in, go around engine and alt and batts with a voltmeter and see what the readings are. Normal is 13.8-14.2Vdc.
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Old 03-03-2019, 08:29 AM   #22
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OK, I missed that the alarm goes away after some time.

And you said the alternator is two wire only, so + and - going to the battery, and nothing else, right. That means it's a completely self-contained regulator with automatic on/off switching.

I'll bet this is all really very simple. The new alternator just has a longer delay before it turns on, yet the engine alarms are expecting to see a voltage increase right away, or very quickly after starting. In time, the new alternator turns on, starts charging, voltages rise, and the alarm goes away.

David's suggestion of putting a meter on and watching the voltage from start up until the alarm goes away will confirm or deny the theory.

If the theory pans out, then you can either ignore the alarm, or see about changing the alternator or regulator to something that comes on right away, or is controlled by the ignition switch.

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Old 03-03-2019, 11:04 AM   #23
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Not a Cummins owner, but I have an alarm that is wired to both low oil pressure and high coolant temp. At start, it comes on with the key, they goes off with rising oil pressure. sometimes that takes a few seconds. likewise, the alternator senses oil pressure rising and waits to engage the secondary coils till that has occurred. Could yours be the same?

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