Ilya wrote: ↑
Tue Oct 27, 2020 5:44 am
That's an odd one...maybe some sort of lose fusible link somewhere? Does the FSM have any troubleshooting steps for the alternator?
I think I determined the issue. The reman alternator overcharges the battery higher than the stock alternator
. My obdii app shows the reman alternator charging upwards to 15.1 volts
. For reference the stock alternator never went above 14.6 volts and should operate at 14.3-14.4 volts
in most cases. In order to compensate for the higher voltage the batterg receiving, the ecu cuts power received from the alternator to prevent overcharging of the battery.
Also, as far as why the stock alternator failed on me, it was mostly likely from a very fast power steering fluid leak from the pump which I replaced.
As for why the alternator is overcharging, I think it's not the alternator failing but rather how they are remanufactured from factory. Keep in mind this is my second alternator from the same exact retailer (NAPA) and the this same issue occured in my first example
. Maybe the factory who rebuilds them are not making them provide voltages similar to factory, or the regulators are worse than factory.
I guess this is for anyone who is looking to replace their alternator for their M car, but if you experience weird idle fluctuating a it's most likely the ecu cutting power from the alternator to prevent overcharging of the battey