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jerm 10-07-2010 09:53 PM

Need a little help...
Hopefully I am not posting a question that has already been answered. I saw similiar posts but not exact...

I am having problems with my 05 ram 1500. Awhile back, my wife was driving my truck... I say this because I am using her descriptions of what went wrong... Anyway, she was driving home and noticed that the A/C wasn't cooling. The air was still blowing fine and there was no change in performance, just no cold air. As she pulled into the drive the truck died and wouldn't start again. By the time I got home from work I had to jump start it to attempt to figure out what was wrong. Well, I got it started and after a few minutes the truck died again. So I jumped it again.. same result. So I guessed it was an electrical problem (bad battery and/or possibly a bad alternator). I charged the battery and tried again, this time to discover new problems and it died after sitting in the drive after a day and a half.

I have had the alternator rebuilt (bearings were bad) and have replaced the battery. I have also unsuccessfully tried to find a draw on the battery. The truck runs fine and during short test drives it performs fine. However, upon start-up the voltage gauge only goes about 1/4 of the way over. After running for a few minutes it drops all the way back down to no voltage and the check gages light comes on. And of course, my A/C still isn't cooling...

Any advice or help would be greatly appreciated. Also, if you know a rough price estimate of repair that would be great also... Money is tight to say the least, as I am a new dad. If at all possible or reasonable I intend to troubleshoot and/or repair it myself. Hopefully, I am just overlooking something simple.

RootBeer 10-07-2010 10:04 PM

Welcome to the Z. Sounds like you've got a few things going on. First question is, when you had the alternator rebuilt, did that include replacing the voltage regulator which should be part of the alternator?

If you can keep it running long enough, take it to a local auto parts shop like Autozone and have them diagnose the charging system.

Once you get the charging system sorted out, get the A/C system diagnosed.

Do the major stuff first (charging) then move onto the minor stuff (A/C).

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jerm 10-07-2010 10:44 PM

Hello RootBeer,
First off, thanks for the quick response. Yes, he did replace the regulator. This was my first time having work done by this particular guy. So I am unsure of his work, but he came recommended by close friends. I do intend to take it to Advance to have the diagnostic test ran this weekend. Just a matter of finding time in the day. I am keeping the new battery disconnected until I get the test ran. I would kick myself if I allowed the new one to drain too. Thanks again.

RootBeer 10-08-2010 12:08 AM

Have them do a load test with it running and drain test with the motor off.

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