A tractor’s alternator cycles power from the battery. Within it lies the voltage regulator, which disperses that electricity at a consistent rate. If that voltage regulator begins to fail, it will have a negative effect on vehicle performance or stop the tractor from starting altogether. Therefore, look out for the following warning signs.
5 Signs of a Voltage Regulator Problem
1. Dying Battery
If your engine has been slow to crank or if it makes unusual noises when you turn the key, these are signs of a dying battery. If yours isn’t old enough to require a replacement for age, the problem could stem from the alternator.
A problem with the voltage regulator that causes the power to cycle in surges rather than consistently could stop the battery from charging properly. This is more likely to be true if you also are dealing with any of the other items listed.
2. Lights Dimming
If your headlights and instrument panel lights begin to dim and surge, it’s a strong possibility that your tractor’s electric system isn’t running at a consistent voltage. If you find all of the lights on your tractor are going out or not turning on, and your battery is either still charged or will hold a charge, you need to have your voltage regulator checked.
3. Unpredictable Engine Performance
The voltage regulator controls the flow of electricity to every working part, including the engine. Bad voltage regulators have been known to cause engine stalling, acceleration issues, irregular engine timing, and misfires.
4. Instrument Cluster Quits Working
A failing voltage regulator can cause instrument gauges to stop working. While that won’t prevent your tractor from running, it will prevent you from seeing important information, like RPMs, fuel levels, and oil temperatures.
5. Voltage Readings Are Wrong
You can do a simple test on your voltage regulator if you have a multimeter. If your gauge shows an erratically changing reading from your battery when turning on the tractor, your regulator is most likely defective.
If you have a problem with your tractor’s alternator, count on the professionals at Eubanks Auto Electric, Inc. to make it right. These Kalb, TX, technicians have been repairing starters and alternators since 1954. In addition to their vast knowledge base, they also have the largest supply of alternators and starters in the Four State Area. Call them today at (903) 667-2081 with questions. Visit their website for more information on their offerings.