View Full Version : quick help please!!!!

05-06-2011, 08:23 PM
ok... fired up the boat via hose... just realized the radio phases out, and resets settings while boat is running??? is this a sign the alternator is going out???

05-06-2011, 08:33 PM
or a bad/loose ground, or a bad battery, or something in the radio itself.

sorry, I know it's not that helpful but you just have to start eliminating possibilities.

good luck!

05-06-2011, 08:33 PM
Do you have a volt gauge in the dash?

05-06-2011, 08:34 PM
well... the radio works fine when motor isn't running. I do have gauges... but they are sketchy you know. the amp shows 0 charge... :(

05-06-2011, 08:36 PM
Do you have a volt meter? If so, check the battery while the boat is running. I should be around 14 volts.

05-06-2011, 08:37 PM
man... i don't... could get one tomorrow morning i guess... we are supposed to be heading out for first outing tomorrow...

Hoosier Bob
05-06-2011, 09:04 PM
Older boat? Start the boat. Disconnnect the battery. If it keeps runing then your alternator and regulator should be fine. If it dies alternator or reg are bad. If as I said it keeps running then check all of the grounds you can find. Most likely a line in or around the dash if gauge and radio is funking up. Have you replaced anything recently? Wire off the regulator to the ammeter looks alot like the temp gauge wire and can be switched by accident. Do not ask me how I know this......;)

05-07-2011, 10:33 AM
ok.... i start the boat... if i pull the pos. off the battery it dies... if i wait about 20 seconds then do it... it doesn't??

05-09-2011, 08:07 AM
definately a bad alternator... thanks for the help yall!!!