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I have a 1984 Oldsmobile Cutlass and with a good battery and alternator the charging light stays on and battery will not stay charged,

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    pantywaste33 May 16, 2009

    i have the same problem. i pulled alternator and battery off. both tested good. had oriellys test them both with car running said they tested good, but alternator was putting out low charge. my charge light stays on. and when i disconnect battery, it dies like its the alternator

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Sounds like the cells in the battery have shorted. It's probably shot. Does the car run once its jump started? Does it continue to run after the cables are removed, if so your alternator is ok and its the battery. Hope that helps.

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Check with dealer there are recalls on the 2000.

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negative is safer

Posted on Feb 24, 2009

cadman000
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So you have a new alternator. I S IT CHARGING ? If the answer is yes , and the battery still dies, I would say there is a 12 volt drain in the electrical system. Hope this helps

Posted on May 21, 2009

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take the termanals off and look inside them. Use coke to clean them.

Posted on Jul 21, 2009

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SOURCE: 2001 oldsmobile intrigue, won't keep a charge?

This is my second oldsmobile i have owned. Now there is two positive connections right above where the battery is make sure they are free of rust and they are tight be careful not to over tighten nuts. Oldsmobile's are terrible for those external positive posts.

Posted on Jul 23, 2009

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