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Old 01-29-2013, 09:40 PM
GoForthFast GoForthFast is offline
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It is my experience that whenever I use the OBC functions to measure voltage, the alternator output is usually 14v or a little above even at idle.
It's just one car's experience, but it would indicate that your car is not charging with a healthy amount of power. And I think it could be a less than perfect battery or the alternator. Of course it could be just the voltage regulator if you wanted to try to economize.
Just for a check, do you turn everything off when you do this test, including the HVAC system completely off?

This would not cure what ails you as you still would have that parasitic drain.

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