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Old 01-01-2003, 06:12 PM
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Hi I own a 1986 Chevy S-10 2.5L and I've been trying to find out how to connect a amp meter to it . I've been been looking for some info about this for a little while now and i keep getting what seems like the run around about it . One says one thing and the other says something else. So I was wondering if some one could help me out with it so I don't short out the gage or wires? Thanks For your time
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If it's a typical ammeter, all it needs is to
be installed with a heavy gage wire from the alt,
to the guage, then the same heavy gage wire from
the guage to the solenoid...

BUT (really big but) If the guage didn't come
with a shunt included, the above instructions will
fry the guage *very* quickly...So what we need to
know, was a shunt included??
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HEY JS: Most applications with alternator use voltage measurement which is " Across the output" instead of " In the circuit: In the circuit can go to ground and cause a fire. If you are having problem contact Al@autorewire.com he owns a auto wiring shop and could send you typical circuits. GOOD LUCK DAVE SHANK
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You can use a Volt meter a lot easyer to wire up and i think its better, it shows the battery volts in the system running or not.
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I would go with the volt meter also.I had a short in the wire from the alternator on my way home from the Nats East in 92.It burned the wire to the amp gauge and back .Completely destroyed the wiring.That was the last amp gauge I'll ever own. <img src="graemlins/nono.gif" border="0" alt="[nono]" />
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[quote]Originally posted by Dave E Shank:
<strong>HEY JS: Most applications with alternator use voltage measurement which is " Across the output" instead of " In the circuit: In the circuit can go to ground and cause a fire. DAVE SHANK</strong><hr></blockquote>

This is absolutely true, However, he's asking
about wiring up the Ammeter, which he probably
ownes already, so telling him the Voltmeter is
a better way to go is somewhat pointless...
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[quote]Originally posted by Canzus:
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This is absolutely true, However, he's asking
about wiring up the Ammeter, which he probably
ownes already, so telling him the Voltmeter is
a better way to go is somewhat pointless...</strong><hr></blockquote>

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I would go with a voltmeter as well. Just a better set-up and if the gauge takes a dump no circuit is interupted cause it's not hooked up in series.

PS. We don't know for sure he has a gauge yet or not. I would think if he baught a gauge it should have wiring directions with it. Most directions are pretty self explanitory, if the person installing them doesn't understand the directions he should have someone else working with him. If he got a used gauge from someone it couldn't have cost too much and I would junk it.
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