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Old 06-19-2003, 11:04 AM
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Got my Gremlin back last nite and although it runs pretty good, It wouldnt start last nite. I got a jump and it fired right up, but when I took off the positive cable, it died. I figured the alternator, but had it checked and it checked good. I bought another anyway, but its doing the same thing! I still have the box(cant remember) mounted on the iner fender that the cables run thru. Could that be bad? I cant figure this one out? Help. HG

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Not that familier with AMC but that box could be the voltage regulator. If the goes you won't charge or over charge.
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HG,
Pick up another battery somewhere. Sounds like the cells are shorted out.

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Would that cause it to die when I take the cable off while its running? I was told it would mean a bad alternator, but it tested fine. HG
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A bad battery wouldn't cause it to die if you removed the battery cable while it was running. Does your car have a external regulator? It will be a black box with eithr 3 or 4 wires that plug into it and be located on either on of your wheel wells of the firewall. Since you had your alt. check and it was good I would suspect that this could be the culprit.
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Does your gremlin have the external voltage regulator? My 69 Rambler wasn't charging and would die when the positive battery cable is removed. I replaced the regulator and the problem was taken care of. You can replace the alternater/external voltage regulator with a GM one wire, you just have to make a special mounting bracket. Or if you want to retain a stock look, Kennedy American in West Jefferson, OH has the voltage regulator. PM me for more info.

The voltage regulator should be a black or grey box with 4 or 6 wires coming out of it mounted on your driver's side inner fender.
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