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Battery wont stay charged

My poor daughter's 1995 ford escort keeps dying on her. The battery is new and the alternator is good. My husband will charge the battery and it will last a day or two. Then while driving home the lights will dim and the car will quit. This happened once again the other day and she waited ten minutes, started it up and made it another half a mile where we gave her a jump start and got her home. Please help, taking it to a shop is very expensive. She has already had other problems that we did have fixed and cost a bundle. She is fed up and does not want to put anymore into this than she has to.

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  • jp36 Jan 02, 2009

    Thank you for your quick response! We will try this. I also thought it could be the voltage regulator. I will let you know. Thanks again!!!

  • jp36 Jan 03, 2009

    went to napa and just got the whole alternator-regulator package for $126 Problem fixed!!! Thanks again!

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The voltage regulator is, I believe, built in to the alternator on your escort-some cars have them in a different location. So, although the alternator has checked out as working, was the voltage regulator function checked? Another possibility would be loose or corroded connections, most commonly at the battery, but also at any wires that connect to the alternator. I just had a problem w/ my Ford pickup-good battery and alternator, then I found a plug in wire on the alternator has a gasket to seal out grime and dirt, it was torn and the connection was badly corroded at all the contacts. Cleaned up the connection, and everything is fine. Hopefully it's as cheap and easy to fix as mine was. Let me know how u make out. Good luck.

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