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1989 Honda Accord charging issue

Greetings,
My 89 Accord has been running great at 214k miles until recently.
When I turn on the headlights the lights are dim and the dash light and accesories are sluggish. If I continue to drive with the lights on the problem worstens until the engione runs rough. If I allow the engine to stall the battery is dead and needs a jump. If I shut off all the light and acc. and let the car idle the battery will charge back up.
I removed the alternator and had it tested at AutoZone and it tested OK. I reinstalled with a new belt as well.
I checked fuses and cannot find a problem. I read that there may be an in-line fuse or link? Is that possible?
Any suggestions?

SteveO

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  • stvno2004 Sep 29, 2008

    Ok, had the battery tested at the local shop and was told it is fully charged.

    I am getting 14.5V to the battery, terminals are tight and clean, connections are all intact. Ground wires seem fine..

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The fusibile links on these things ****, try new ones. There under that plastic cover under the hood. Had to replace 2 of them on 2 '89 models I owned (U can get them from a junk yard for free if its a pull-yourself-place, just stick em in your pocket haha. I tried buying new fusible links from auto part stores and the damn things they sold me were completely WRONG so go to a junkyard, my '87 accord (same car, same design) had a similar problem, we replaced the alternator only to find out later it was the dang battery! Good luck either way.

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I had the same problem, basically I changed the battery, its cables, the alternator, the starter, and the alternator output wire because I could not pin point the problem to one thing. My battery kept draining and when I had it tested, several times, it was fine, the alternator was also supposedly fine when I had it tested and was told that it could still have a problem even though it tested ok. Best thing to do is change everything, my car is fine now

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It could be a multitude of problems, however the first thing I'd do is check that battery.

A lot of times, batteries just get wore out and even while being charged; they aren't able to help keep the system stable enough. Even with the alternator pushing out the right amperage, it may actually be causing more problems as it's not holding enough of a charge. Usually when the battery is fully charged the alternator will only power the vehicle itself while not charging the battery.

I'd try the battery first, then look into the wiring off the alternator. Also check for bad terminals, wire connections, or even corrosion on a ground contact.

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