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Since hooking up the voltmeter I have noticed that the needle rests at or past 16v all the time. When I turn the key to "on" it shows 14v, I think. I've been told this is bad. What gives? The car acts fine. The regulator (external) is brand new.

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sounds to me like the meter is reading hi....the voltage of the battery is max 12 volts when the engine isnt running so if youre at 14 on the gauge your 2 volts high...which means your probably at 14 volts running which is in the ballpark

battery voltage is dependent upon the electro chemical composition of the battery which is 2 volts max per cell (X6 cells = 12 volts) for the common lead-acid battery

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I'd recommend you recheck both the charging system and the battery. If the regulator is stuck or inop, it can concievably put out over 16V running. As for the battery, resting voltage on a battery is more than 12v, Think it's around 13.2 (2.2v/cell). Get a quality volt meter, check it running and off. Leave the headlites on for about 5 minutes with the motor off, then test about 1/2 hour later (without starting it). That'll settle the battery down to a reliable reading. Ohe other check-if your battery is hot, or boiling after running, you're definitly overcharging, and the batt won't last long!

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Also forgot, spec for charging system is 13.6-14.4V. Good luck!

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sid is rite...if battery is hot you may well be over charging but i still suspect the gauge is simply reading hi.... also check water level in battery..if low replenish it with DISTILLED water amd then keep an eye on it...if you see a change over a short time you are most likely overcharging and blowing the water off....bubles rising to the water surface when the engine is running is not diagnostic of boiling/overcharging...it could just be charging which also creates bubbles

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Sid has it - check for about 13 plus volts with a healthy fully charged battery and everything off. If you read more than this, your meter is off. Double check it with a good multi-meter. Once you know if/how far off it is, you know what adjustment to make mentally when reading it.

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