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My battery will not stay charged and i already changed the alternator

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If you believe your battery is good, any of the connections could be the weakest link, and all should be cleaned periodically. (Always disconnect the battery at the battery terminals before cleaning other connections.) One connection in particular gets the least amount of attention, it is the most overlooked and subject to the highest and most frequent temperature changes, just follow the negative( - ) or black cable to it's connection on the engine block, remove and clean well with sandpaper or rasp. Replace and tighten well. Repeat,this is the most neglected electrical connection in the system and is as important as any other for best charging results. In my case I learned from experience after changing both the alternator and battery.

Posted on Mar 29, 2012

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    Bill Gilhooly Mar 29, 2012

    Oh, don't forget to check for things, such as tailgate, and dome lights that might stay on and drain the battery when the engine is off and all doors are shut. No dashboard indicators should be lite. On most vehicles you will need to reset all your radio stations after a battery reconnect. More of an annoyance than anything. Good luck.

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