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Battery won't hold a charge after sitting for a while

Our battery is to a 1995 Ford Winstar 3.8 LX and it doesn't hold a charge anymore. My husband doen't know exactly know what the problem is because he has checked the starter solarnoid and it wasn'tthat and he just got another battery. Could the battery cable be the problem because it is showing the copper wire. Whatever the problem is it is breaking the multimeters my husband bought to check it.

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First tell your husband to by a test light! They last for ever! LOL
The prob is most likely the alternator. Remove the negative battery cable, then the power cable at the alternator. With his 'new' test light, check for power between the negative battery post and the cable removed from the alternator. If the light comes on, the alternator has a diode prob. If you want you can also take it for a drive, then remove the battery cable, let everything cool over night, reconnect the cable, wait for about half an hour, feel the alternator for warmth. Frankster016

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