Question about 1996 Nissan Pickup
When i hook up the hot wire from the battery to the alternator it arcs and sends out huge sparks and some thing keeps draining my battery
It looks as if you have a dead short in the alternator. Check that the insulators around the terminal are not broken or that the fibre washer under the nut that holds the terminal in place (the nut under the lead that allows you to tighten the outside nut up on) is not allowing the wire to touch the alternator housing If that is all ok maybe you need a replacement alternator
Posted on Jan 14, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: nissan serena alternator
You must test first if your alternator produces output voltage (usually about 13.5V)
A test light is a simple but extrememly useful tool.
If you are trying to diagnose and troubleshoot an electrical problem, sometimes a test light can help you rule out possible causes much more quickly and easily than a DMM (Digital Multi Meter)
Posted on Aug 09, 2008
SOURCE: My Nissan Pickup is losing power
If you take the vehicle to a local shop, you can get a mechanic to do a compression check on each one of your cyllinders. This will tell you if your engine is holding pressure. If that checks out, it would have to be a fuel problem, (injectors, pump, filter, or clogged line) or maybe spend the couple bucks, and buy yourself a new MAF (mass airflow sensor) it may be the problem, but if not, it always helps to change.
Posted on Jan 30, 2009
it could be the starter. there are two sets of brushes in the starter, when they get worn down, they start to lose contact and it gets weak.
is there an oil leak that has the starter all oily? oil leaks are hard on starters.
It could also be the battery cables, or terminals.
Scrape the inside of the terminals with a pocket knife, to make sure there is no crust.
also make sure there is no corrosion in the cable under the insulation
take a blade and slice open the cable insulation up by the terminal enough to get a peak at the wire inside. If there is white frosty corrosion in there, its best to replace it.
You can also try cleaning it real good with an alkylin base cleaner like purpe power cleaner.
The electrons flow on the outside of the wire, if there is corrosion on the wire it can hinder the current.
also check the ground cable to the engine..
I hope this info helps save some time or money.
Posted on Nov 01, 2009
I have the same problem on my 2004 Nissan quest, and the battery will die if i do not drive it for 3-4 days, i have replace a ACdelco ACD24F60 new battery and it has the same problem too. I just get a Nascar advantage charger Model 11-1577-6 from Canadian tire, and try to recharge it but the LED flash after few hour, I set to normal battery type, any idea how to fix this problem. thanks.
Posted on Feb 14, 2010
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