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Re: [Healeys] Electrical problems

To: "Kenny J" <theswed@hotmail.com>, "Healeys Healeys" <healeys@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: [Healeys] Electrical problems
From: "Rich C" <richchrysler@quickclic.net>
Date: Sat, 12 Sep 2009 22:55:06 -0400
Regulator adjustment isn't enough to keep the battery adequately charged?

Rich C.

----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Kenny J" <theswed@hotmail.com>
To: "Healeys Healeys" <healeys@autox.team.net>
Sent: Saturday, September 12, 2009 10:34 PM
Subject: [Healeys] Electrical problems

>I decided to go on a drive in my Healey yesterday that wandered further 
> the normal 100 mile radius (AAA tow distance) from my home. In fact, I 
> drove
> nearly 500 miles from home, up the CA coast, and into southern OR.  Last
> night, after driving approximately 400 miles, I turned on my headlights 
> due to
> heavy fog.  I drove approx 100 more miles and ended up in Brookings, OR. I
> stopped at a local hotel for the evening.  After checking in, I returned 
> to my
> car and it wouldn't start.  The battery was dead and just got a clicking 
> from
> the starter.  I push started it and parked it for the night.
> This morning, after push starting it again, I drove approximately 20 miles 
> and
> the car died.  I confirmed the wires were connected to the terminals of 
> the
> generator.  I noticed the electrical terminals on the generator had engine
> paint on them (from painting the generator).  I cleaned the two terminals 
> of
> the paint.  I started the car and disconnected the battery to see if the 
> car
> would keep running.  It did.  However, when I turned on the headlights the 
> car
> immediately died. I turned off the lights and drove about 50 miles with no
> problems.  I turned off the ignition and 10 minutes later it started 
> normally
> (still without lights).
> It seems the lights (and/or any other accessory) is draining the battery 
> too
> much.  The battery is new which was installed a couple months ago.  Any
> suggestions/comments?
> Kenny
> 61 BT7
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