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Battery Not charging

I have a 1986 Chev Silverado, 1/2 ton with a snow plow on it, the batterys not charging I have replaced everything, the starter the alternator and the battery, but it still runs for awhile until the battery runs down and I have to recharge to run. I can hook up jumper cable to it and the gauge goes right t half and is charging. What else do I look for.


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  • billyp275 Jan 06, 2009

    No, Mike I don't see a Alternator light on the dash when I turn the key on

  • michael sinclair
    michael sinclair May 11, 2010

    Does the alternator light on the dash light when you turn the key to the on position?



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Check you ground wire to the frame of the truck, might be loose or corrided.

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Sorry! an alternator or battery light. is there one on when the truck is running? Indicating that the battery is not charging.

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Billy, u probably did this, but I'll start w/ the obvious stuff= all connections to battery and alternator are clean and tight? How about the drive belt, nice and snug, not loose? If the obvious stuff checks out ok, I'd bring the truck to a parts store, and have them check the battery and alternator even if they're new, as u might have purchased something that's defective. Most parts stores will check your charging system for free, so see if one of the new components is no good. I recently had a charging problem, turned out to be a corroded wire that plugs into the alternator. It has a gasket type seal around it, and it was not a good fit, allowing junk inside connection. Cleaned up corrosion and it's ok now. Let me know how u make out w/ this info, if it still is not working, I'll try to think of something else.

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I believe I can help you. There are a few things to check.

First, are you running the plow a lot when you're having these problems? If so, you MAY need to install a second battery designated for just using the plow with it's own alternator. Hydraulic pumps use a lot of electricity to run.

Second, there may be a short in your electrical system, try installing a battery disconnect and disconnect the battery every time you shut the truck off for extended periods of time (more than a day).

Finally, check the voltage regulator (or have a shop look at it). If it is not working properly, the batteries may not re-charge correctly. The cheapest way to solve the problem is with a battery disconnect, but it may get annoying after a while, especially if you forget to disconnect it and your battery goes dead. Finding a short in an electrical system is a long and tedious process that may not always solve the problem. And installing a second battery and alternator for the plow can get expensive.

I hope I could help you with your problem and good luck.

Posted on Jan 05, 2009

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