Hey guys, it's been awhile. My bronco has been having electrical issues for over a year. The battery would die when left off, randomly at first. Then it would started happening more frequently and faster.
After troubleshooting for a bad ground and pulling fuses one at a time I couldn't find a "leak". the test light would stay lit no matter what I disconnected.
Last time I drove it the voltage shot up way higher then usual, so I suspected the voltage regulator. I disconnected the voltage regulator and BINGO, no more leak. I though it was going to be as simple as a new voltage regulator.
Now my worry started when i took my alternator apart and noticed that some of the diodes on the rectifier look burnt and one of them had a solder point that was completely loose.
This one isn't loose but it is not seated right.
This is the one that is loose and comes out. you can lift it right out of the diode.
A couple of others just look a bit burnt.