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i saw the battery light flashing (it only came on when driving, not when stopped) and when i checked the voltage from the battery i saw it was normal at idle but as i rev up the engine the voltage went up to 17 or 18. i looked at the voltage regulator and saw that it looked burnt so i replaced it. after i put the new one i went for a drive and saw smoke, and the battery light is flashing again. what should i do next? is there something that could be causing the regulator to go out? i dont want to put a 3rd on and have that one go out right away too.
 

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A severely discharged battery or high current accessories can cause them to fail as much as putting on cheap Amazon parts.
 

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i saw the battery light flashing (it only came on when driving, not when stopped) and when i checked the voltage from the battery i saw it was normal at idle but as i rev up the engine the voltage went up to 17 or 18. i looked at the voltage regulator and saw that it looked burnt so i replaced it. after i put the new one i went for a drive and saw smoke, and the battery light is flashing again. what should i do next? is there something that could be causing the regulator to go out? i dont want to put a 3rd on and have that one go out right away too.
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What would be considered high current?
Based on the size of the wires from the stator to the rec/reg - about 5 amps or more is high, but most charging system problems can be traced to inferior connectors and wire terminations.
 
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