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Matt, Mechanical Engineer
Category: Mitsubishi
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Experience:  BEng hons Mech engineering, in auto industry 22 years
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I have a Mitsubishi Shogun 3.5 DTI Evolution (the rally

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I have a Mitsubishi Shogun 3.5 DTI Evolution (the rally version) I have only had it a couple of months. When I got it the dash lights were cycling bright and dim in time to slight variations in engine revs. At night the headlights were also cycling bright and dim in time. The voltage across the battery at idle measured 14.8 volts dipping to 14.5 volts in time to the dash lights etc. The battery light did not come on at all neither when turning ignition on or when running.
I managed to source a new alternator from a specialist supplier. I have put it on the vehicle. I get 12.6 volts across the battery whether the engine is running or not. The alternator has a four pin connector. I get 12.6V on both the centre pins. I have checked the battery bulb and it is good. The battery light comes on when the engine is cranking but is off before the engine is cranking and fter it starts.
Any ideas how I can check the new alternator is OK or whether the vehicle wiring has a problem?
I dont want to do any damage to either!!
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Mitsubishi
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Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.


as this is a modern 'smart' alternator the current control is run by the ECU but the testing of it all is a bit more involved

see here for a detailed description

I suspect that something is wrong either with the ECU controlling the current, or the earth connection between the ECU and engine or its the wrong spec of alternator

if you find where the small earth wires are fixed to the engine and then run back into the main wiring loom as these are the ECU specific earth paths and used to control supplementary function like this

Expert:  Matt replied 1 year ago.


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