Thank you for your help. Much appreciated.
My trickle charger is a battery tender, will that over charge the battery?
Maybe it will. Does it shut off when the battery is fully charged? A battery minder will and it will also desulfanate your battery plates. A battery minder isn't used for charging, mine only charges 1 amp when it is charging. It just maintains a fully charged battery.My trickle charger is a battery tender, will that over charge the battery?
Id start with using a meter to check the battery with it running and without to make sure it is the actual alternator !I started up the 78 Elk again today. The volt meter went to +13 volts, then dropped to the orange line. Is there a part I need to change in the alternator or do I need to change the alternator?
I have been checking the battery and it's holding power real well. The only reason I charge the battery is the clock in the Elk is running all the time. That can lower the battery in 4 or 5 days, even then it's not dead.While they are checking your alternator take the battery also and let them check it.
Statr with known good parts. Maybe the battery is having issues holding a charge.
The battery went dead once, when the torque converter switch was left on. The volt meter activity started 3 weeks later. That's the only thing going on. I can go up to 2 weeks also. I was being conservative with my answer. The battery is less than a year old.Well I have a clock in mine and I never leave a battery tender/trickle charger or whatever on it. I go a week or two without starting the car at times. No problem.
So unless you are talking about extended periods of time I would not concern yourself about it
I still would let them check the battery. Most auto stores have the ability to be able to check a battery, not just a voltage check.
Now I assume your car was working just fine for quite awhile until this happened. So something went bad. Obvious causes would be alternator, battery , maybe gauge itself.
Has anything else been done to the car around the time this problem started?