The battery died five times.
Trickle charged it overnight, no worries. Ran for another month or two each time, then died again. After the third time, took it to NTB to check and remove & replace the battery (it looks new), they said it's new, great and would not change it out.
Been keeping an eye open for leaving lights on, radio, door ajar and what not..died again. Recharged, all good. The fourth time it sat for a couple weeks in the garage, dead.
Today, I checked it in the morning, cranked right up. Ran it for a couple minutes. Then I get the call (while I'm at work), car won't start--need to pick up the young'un at school. So, from about 0700 to 1500, it drained down enough not to crank. When I got home, I tried it. Just kind of made some clicking sounds. It either dies totally, or has enough juice just to light some lights and make a clatter to start. Only thing I can thing is something might be loose since it is so random. I pulled all the fuses in the compartment and they look good, had a good seating. Any ideas what might be the problem, or how to t-shoot such an intermittent problem? (Battery still takes a good charge overnight, charging right now)...
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Check your alternator. Try this. Start the car if possible and take of the positive terminal of the battery. If the car dies then it most likely is your alternator. If you cant get it started the only other way to check an alternator is to remove it and take to the auto parts store. They can usually check and tell you if its good or bad. It sounds to me that your alternator is sucking the life out of your battery. Hope this helps.
This is classic of your alternator going bad. Sometimes, when it first begins to go bad it will function on and off. Soon it just stops charging the battery all together. The battery has one function and that is to start the car. Then the alternator is ran by the belt and charges the battery and in effect runs the car. The reason for the lights coming on is the power fail in the car.
Buying a new battery worked for a short time because the fresh battery ran the car but with no alternator to charge the battery the car soon died again.
The fix is to replace the alternator. Do it soon or even that new battery will go bad from being drained so much.
Hi, there will be diodes in the generator that are letting the power from the battery drain away through the parked times when not in use. to prove it charge the battery- then disconnect the negative terminal on the battery, connect 24 hours later and see if the battery as kept it charge, if so - fit new alternator, good luck.
It sounds like the Alternator is actually bad. One great way to determine this: Recharge the new battery with a trickle charge overnight. Make sure use remove the wires going to the Battery before recharging. Replace the Battery Wires. Get the Vehicle Started. When it has Started: Leave it Running and Disconnect and Remove the Negative side of the Battery. If the Vehicle dies, it is the Alternator that is bad, and needs to be replaced.. The Battery starts that vehicle, and provides nominal power to certain accessories. The Alternator actual Runs the Engine and Recharges the Battery with a low trickled charge.
check the ground to battery and clean posts if need be, also make sure that the alternator is at proper charging rate. a fully charged battery with engine off should read at least 12.5 or higher. when running the battery should read 14 volts or a little higher. clean corrosion from case also if need be. if the above does not work check engine ground.
Hello, you are wantng to know if you have the right size battery for your vehicle. It sounds as if your battery may not have enough cold crank amps in it to support your vehicle, or either the battery you have has a bad cell. Your local auto supply store should be able to help determine if the battery is bad. It may also have just a surface charge and need to be charged on a trickle charger overnight or either there may be a parasitic draw on your battery beside the lights, but before going through a bunch of different test check your battery condition, then manufacturer specs, then battery cranking amps to manufacturer specs. I would say about a 800 cca battery at least.