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1989 volvo 740 keeps dieing

I bought the car and it needed a jump to start...but now when i put a new batt in it it starts up about 5 or 6 times total and then it wont start anymore...what is wrong with it

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I sound like your battery is not charging on its own, the battery is charged by the alternator, the easy way to test the alternator is by using a volt meter ( cheap volt meters a found at autoparts stores on most hardware stores starting around 20 bucks) Test the voltage ant the battery with the car off, then start the car, (jump start if nesasary) then test the voltage again. with the car off the voltage should be around 11.5-12.8 alittle more is ok, but not to much lower, with the car running the voltage should change to around 13-14 volts. if the voltage does not change or drops then the battery is NOT being charged. if its not getting charge then check for loss or corroded wires or wire end terminals,sometimes the is an altenator fuse ( usually uder the hood ether the fuse and relay box or at the battery terminal ) if all is ok the alternator needs to be tested at some place, most places like napa, or westernauto will do it for free, it will need to be removed from the car to do this, since at this point it is most likely dead, you will be taking out to replace anyway.
"Good luck, And I hope for it to be a cheap and easy fix"

Posted on Feb 06, 2009

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