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Battery randomly doesn't charge,

My van randomly battery doesn't charge enough to start it. I put the battery charger on overnight then it's fine for another month. Then it the same story again. Grrrrr

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Get battery check may have a bad cell in battery most part stores check them for free

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SOURCE: 1996 Chevy Blazer battery draining/won't start

What normally you have to look for is that your belt is running properly because your car might be running a lot more off the battery and not so much of f the alternator, but normally if the alternators bad it will drain the battery even if the cars not running.. Yes your first thing you would want to do is check the wiring and al that just because thats cheap and easy but most likley you wanna get the altenator tested...you can get that done at advance auto.. please rate me if you get a chance and if you have any other questions just let me know ill check up on your problem..

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SOURCE: Ford E350 Passenger Van cranks but won't start

What year van is this? If later model, has anyone looked at the diagnostic code(s)? Could also be the Mass Airflow Sensor...

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SOURCE: 1998 windstar van: charging system light goes

It could mean the alternator has gone bad already... with the car off, the battery leads should read 11-12V.. with the car on, the battery should read 13-14V.. if it's lower then it's not charging your battery and if it's higher, it's damaging your battery....

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SOURCE: (1997 GMC Jimmy) Battery will randomly go dead

I would check for a draw. You can do this by disconnecting the negative cable from the battery and hooking a test light from the cable to the battery. The light will be on if something is taking power off of the battery such as, dome light, glove box light, radio ect. make sure to have doors shut and everything off when you do this so it wont give you a false reading. If the light is on, you have a draw. if it is off you dont have a draw. Then from there you can figure out where the draw is coming from by opening the drivers door and accessing the fuse panel(OPENING THE DOOR WILL KEEP THE LIGHT ON BECAUSE IT WILL OPEN TH ECIRCUIT FOR THE DOME LIGHT, YOU CAN TAPE OR HOLD THE SWTICH INSIDE THE DOOR JAMB TO CLOSE THE CIRCUIT)when you access the fuse panel you can pull each fuse 1 at a time until the light goes off, when the light goes off. check what the fuse is for, that is where your draw is coming from. Common draws come from a faulty radio or glove box light stays on.

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SOURCE: 2007 hhr. Battery was drained. Mother left lights

your alarm system has been tripped when the battery went dead, to get the information on how to reset the alarm is to call the car manufacture to get the procedure, and should not cost you anything.

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