I have a 1993 Road Trek conversion van. I just charged the battery, have lights ect... but there is a clicking sound when I try to start it. Where is the starter actually located so I can check that. I'm a gal and not sure where it is.
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Re: Can't start my Road Trek after charging battery
Was the starter giving u any trouble before this? I think you may have a bad battery. A battery can have enough charge for the radio and lights to work, but not enough to crank the engine over. A bad battery won't take a charge, and the clicking sound u hear is classic sign of a bad battery. So, although it could be a bad starter, I recommend removing the battery and bringing it to a parts store, where they will check it for free, and let me know what the condition of the battery is, I'll help you figure out what is wrong if that's not it..
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Take your battery in for testing after charging it. Then, to avoid pulling the Alternator for nothing, drive to a local Autozone, Advance, or Oeilys and ask them to check your charging system on the Van.
Consider taking an extra battery if you have one to fit, so you can get back home after the test. Run the van with the charger connected until you get good heat, then reduce the blower fan speed to minimum. Then disconnect charger.
If you are still stuck on the road, jumpstart the van until it is warm, using the jump car to charge the battery so you can go home and try again. Just leave the battery jumpers connected to the struggling van battery a few minutes so the old battery has a chance to charge.
Your description makes me believe that your alternator is faulty. The system not charging turns the battery light on. The van will not start because the battery is discharged from powering the electronics that should have been powered by the alternator. Start by charging the battery to a full charge, and then test or have the alternator tested.
It sounds like you either have a low battery, faulty alternator, or you have a wiring issue. Call a local auto parts store (checker, Oreilly, Autozone ect..) They usually offer free battery and alternator diagnostic if you get your car there. If that doesn't find the problem check the wiring to the battery and to the alternator.
You need to do a complete tune-up on the van. If the battery is 4 years old or older then replace the battery. If not check fluid level in each cell, if low you can fill to correct level with distilled water. then you can charge the battery. Using a volt meter you can check the alternator at the positive post on battery with the van running to see if it is charging correctly. You should have 14.5 volts to 15 volts. check the air filter and replace if dirty. Check the spark plugs and replace old plugs. replace the fuel filter on van. hope this will help you.
Have the alternator checked to see if it is charging enough,it should be 13.65 volts to 14.25 volts,if it is lower than this,with the headlights on,and the ac on high,then replace it.Check it at the battery.
you have a draw hook a test light to ground cable them from cable to ground terminal on battery if the light is bright start pulling fuses until it dims, one thing most of the time its the radio so start with radio fuse
sounds like you need a new alternator.the battery light is triggered by the diode trio in the alternator. if the light comes on.99 times out of a 100 you need to have your alternator replaced.have your charging system checked first. most parts stores check them for free.with the engine running it should be around 14.5 volts.