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Put new alternator on 1996 200 sx and battery will not take charge, what is the problem?
What I usually do is before i change em out i disconnect the battery to make sure the altenator is bad. Is your battery good?
Posted on Jan 21, 2013
Lets go to school here.. a car battery has cells that are flooded with acid against lead to create power..each cell has a number of each plate in it and is connected to the other cells by internal connectors..there are different battery types for different cars trucks and tractors.. each with special power needs..now if one of these cells developes an issue inside, like low fluid, broken or flaky plate material, etc..it will short out and become a dead cell,, thus killing the battery,,these batteries get a load test to determine if the battery is mechaically sound(good) or not..most batteries usually give a volt reading between 12.5 -13.8 if good..they charge near 14.5 to 16 volts but not much higher as they will "boil" out..the parts store has a tool that tests most batteries and tells you at a glance if it is good..they also test the alternator for proper charging voltage and power too..it seems as your battery may be dead in a cell which blocks any bit of charging(like you pushing on a brick wall to make it move). you can buy batteries at the towyard cheaper than new ones..which are near 80- 100 bucks now..but its your choice..autozone carries delco batteries which are usually pretty dependable..so does wal-mart..some autoparts stoes carry GNB batteries made by johnson controls and they are decent..farmers supply carries them also..I am not fond of interstate batteries because some shops rebuild these with used plates and they dont last too long,,maybe 2 years..I have 6 batteries in my 89 ford but it has a 4000 watt electrical system for on site power in it...one is the startup battery which is over 15 years old and still works ok..its a delco 27 series deep cycle marine startup battery..good luck..
Posted on Jan 21, 2013
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
Has anyone looked at the connectors to the alternator? I remember these types of stories from work, alternator after alternator, found 2 things to be the problem, one is the connector to the alternator was defective, makes a poor connection and destroys the new alternator, the other is very poor quality rebuilds from Kragen, Auto Zone and the like, use a factory rebuild, they cost more but they are just as good as a new one.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
How long did the 2nd alt. last before it died? The voltage regulator is, I believe, attached to the alternator. Have u had the voltage regulator checked?
Posted on Jan 04, 2009
do a continuity test from the large red wire on your alt to the battery,could be a fusible link or broken wire,sometimes a wire will break within the sheathing so it won't be visible by eye,check all conections for corrosion and either clean or repair
Posted on Feb 21, 2009
check for a live feed to the low tension wire at the starter when a second person operates the ignition key. if no feed check fuses relays and then back of the ignition assembly. has it got an after market alarm fitted that may have gone faulty and has shut down the starting circuit. if so you need to find the wiring that it has been linked into and rejoin the original wiring back together.
Posted on Mar 30, 2009
I had the same problem on a 94 dodge with the cummins. It seems the crank sensor that reads from a notch on the harmonic balancer was the problem Without this sensor reading that the engine is running the alternator wont charge. Possibly the same problem with yours
Posted on May 03, 2009
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