Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: San Jose, California
I realize this is a 10 month old thread, but have a puzzling update.
My 87 Turbo Esprit has been running fine for the last ~2K miles in 10 months despite this 'broken' Smiths volt meter.
It pegged at 15V (although other digital meters show 14.7V.
Now, I had car in shop for totally unrelated issue (exhaust pre-cat and catalyst remove and replace).
When it came back, the alternator light was now flickering - it would go BRIGHT RED on higher than idle and my digital voltmeter plugged into cigarette lighter was show 15.1V (higher than the usual 14.7V).
I was panicking because I wanted to use the car at Monterey Car Week (about 200 miles round day trip).
No wires were disturbed during exhaust work - in fact, no significant wires in the area or work.
Then it happened: after 3 days, the flickering went 100% away AND the Smiths (Tudors?) voltmeter started reading much closer to actual vs. pegged at 15V most of time.
Nothing was changed or adjusted - it just 'went away'.
87 Esprit 'SLEEK GT'
Last edited by sleekgt; 08-26-2019 at 09:00 PM.