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Alternator vs. Voltage Regulator

Thanks "OleSeaHorse" for alerting me to the possibility that the bolts may be corroded, and to "Charles Crawford" for valuable information. Apparently I missed your contribution when I first reviewed the responses. Thanks also to "pageda" for responding to my inquiry about removing the old regulator. Allow me to clarify. I was not clear with my question. It has been several weeks since this symptom occurred. have not gone beyond gathering information and ordering the part, which I now have. Just waiting for a time when I can set aside a couple of hours or an afternoon to tackle this task. Meanwhile, I have been charging up the car battery every couple of days. Recently, I notice that the battery will not take a further charge - the charger indicates that it is fully charged. This tells me that the regulator is back to work, hence my postponing this job as it is not urgent at this time. In addition, at night I no longer see the "battery" light glowing. I carry a spare battery and cables in the trunk. My question about removing the regulator was this: If I remove the regulator and for whatever reason I do not install the new one, will any damage be done by driving the car around with it out? I understand that the battery then can't possibly be charged. I can deal with that by charging the battery each day. Not ideal of course, but doable - I think. Possible reasons for not completing the job would be running out of time, running into an unforseen problem, or having something happen that doesn't allow the new one to go in readily. A couple of You Tube videos suggested there may be problems with this task. A further question would be - Is there any damage done by not having a working regulator even thought the battery is fully charged each day?
Apparently I missed your contribution when I reviewed the responses. Thanks also to "pageda" for responding to my inquiry about removing the old regulator. Allow me to clarify. I was not clear with my question. It has been several weeks since this symptom occurred. have not gone beyond gathering information and ordering the part, which I now have. Just waiting for a time when I can set aside a couple of hours or an afternoon to tackle this task. Meanwhile, I have been charging up the car battery every couple of days. Recently, I notice that the battery will not take a further charge - the charger indicates that it is fully charged. This tells me that the regulator is back to work, hence my postponing this job as it is not urgent at this time. In addition, at night I no longer see the "battery" light glowing. I carry a spare battery and cables in the trunk. My question about removing the regulator was this: If I remove the regulator and for whatever reason I do not install the new one, will any damage be done by driving the car around with it out? I understand that the battery then can't possibly be charged. I can deal with that by charging the battery each day. Not ideal of course, but doable - I think. Possible reasons for not completing the job would be running out of time, running into an unforseen problem, or having something happen that doesn't allow the new one to go in readily. A couple of You Tube videos suggested there may be problems with this task. A further question would be - Is there any damage done by not having a working regulator even thought the battery is fully charged each day?






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