Volt meter problems, replace alternator?
I put a optima Red top in my truck last fall, im running
2 100w Offroad lights,
800w amp with 2 10" subs
upgraded hallagen bulbs
bunch of LED's in the cab, ( but LED draw little)
I recharged my battery, and boosted it the other day because it died when i was working on the switch for my offroad lights. But latly i've been watching the Volt gauge in the dash, and it's been alternating between the bottom of the curve to even with the bottom of the battery icon on the guage( under half).
My battery seams to die very fast, and i've noticed if you have the 4 way hazards on with the cab light, the cab light ( also LED) dims with the hazards.
maybe its me, but it sounds like my subs sound weaker as well.
is it possible the sensor for volts is screwed up, or would a optima red top be bad after a couple months? or is it my alternator dying?
If i had a short i think the wire would've melted by now or burned a fuse.
Should i put a new alternator, Im thinking a 130 in case I ever put more offroadlights on it. Will it be nessiary to upgrade the wiring to the battery?
What do you guys think?
2003 Ranger FX4 II Black on Black, Extended Cab
4.0L SOHC auto, 4x4, 4.10s, maxed T bars, Shackles
31x10.5x15 BFG All-Terrians,
265x75x16 BFG Mud Terrains KM
Curt Hitch, Premier bluetooth deck, Alpine 6x8, Black headlights, Corners and Tails