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Fig. 6: Identifying VAT-40
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4. Start the engine. Hold the engine speed at 3,000 RPM, with no load until the radiator fan comes on,

then let it idle.

5. Raise the engine speed to 2,000 RPM, and hold it there.

Is the voltage over 15.1 V?

YES -Check the alternator mounting bolt torque. If they are loose, retorque them. If the bolts are tight,
replace the alternator (see ALTERNATOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ) or rear housing
assembly (see ALTERNATOR OVERHAUL ).

NO -Go to step 6.

6. Release the accelerator pedal, and let the engine idle.

7. Turn off all the accessories. Select the charging test on the tester.

8. Remove the inductive pickup, and zero the ammeter.

9. Place the inductive pickup over the B terminal wire of the alternator so the arrow points away from

the alternator.

10. Raise the engine speed to 2,000 RPM, and hold it there.

Is the voltage less than 13.5 V?

YES -Go to ALTERNATOR CONTROL CIRCUIT TROUBLESHOOTING .

NO -Go to step 11.

11. Apply a load with the VAT-40 until the battery voltage drops within 12-13.5 V.

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Is the amperage 87.5 A or more?

YES -The charging system is OK.

NO -Replace the alternator (see ALTERNATOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ), or repair
the alternator (see ALTERNATOR OVERHAUL ).

ALTERNATOR CONTROL CIRCUIT TROUBLESHOOTING

1. Connect the HDS to the data link connector (DLC), and check for DTCs. If a DTC is present,

diagnose and repair the cause before continuing with this test.

2. Disconnect the alternator 4P connector from the alternator.

3. Start the engine, and turn on the headlights to high beam.

4. Measure the voltage between alternator 4P connector terminal No. 2 and the positive terminal of the

battery.

Fig. 7: Measuring Voltage Between Alternator 4P Connector Terminal 2 And Battery Positive
Terminal

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Is there 1 V or less?

YES -Go to step 5.

NO -Go to step 8.

5. Jump the SCS line with the HDS, then turn the ignition switch OFF.

6. Disconnect PCM connector A (31P).

7. Check for continuity between PCM connector terminal A24 and body ground.

NOTE:

If the charging system indicator is still on, replace the alternator (see
ALTERNATOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ).

NOTE:

This step must be done to protect the powertrain control module (PCM)
from damage.

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Fig. 8: Checking Continuity Between PCM Connector Terminal A24 And Body Ground
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Is there continuity?

YES -Repair short in the wire between the alternator and the PCM.

NO -Update the PCM if it does not have the latest software (see UPDATING THE PCM ), or
substitute a known-good PCM (see SUBSTITUTING THE PCM ), then recheck. If the
symptom/indication goes away with a known-good PCM, replace the original PCM (see PCM
REPLACEMENT
).

8. Jump the SCS line with the HDS, then turn the ignition switch OFF.

9. Disconnect PCM connector A (31P).

10. Check for continuity between PCM connector terminal A24 and alternator 4P connector terminal No.

2.

Fig. 9: Checking Continuity Between PCM Connector Terminal A24 And Alternator 4P
Connector Terminal 2

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Is there continuity?

YES -Replace the alternator (see ALTERNATOR REMOVAL AND INSTALLATION ), or repair
the alternator (see ALTERNATOR OVERHAUL ).

NOTE:

This step must be done to protect the PCM from damage.

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NO -Repair open in the wire between the alternator and the PCM.

DRIVE BELT INSPECTION

1. Remove the right upper fender trim.

Fig. 10: Identifying Right Upper Fender Trim
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2. Inspect the belt for cracks or damage. If the belt is cracked or damaged, replace it.

3. Check that the auto-tensioner indicator (A) is within the standard range (B) as shown. If it is out of the

standard range, replace the drive belt (see DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT ).

Fig. 11: Identifying Auto-Tensioner Indicator Range
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DRIVE BELT REPLACEMENT

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