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Battery not charging

I recently had a drive belt go out on my camaro, v6 3.8L engine. I replaced the belt but the battery is not charging. The car was driven, following t he belt change, about 15 miles by my son. The check guage light came on and it sounds like he was losing power as he drove the car according to the battery gauge. he managed to get the car home but now it needs to be jumped to start up and it doesn't keep running. I checked the belt routing diagram and it looks correct. Do you suspect the belt was not put on properly or could the battery have just gone bad? The battery was purchased 9/06.

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  • tag60 Mar 11, 2009

    Thanks, I think the suggestion about the alternator is a good one. I do think it is a bit of a coincidence that the alternator might suddenly be bad or have loose connections given the problem with the belt. Could the old, busted belt, which part of it was wrapped around the alternator, caused the problems you are suggesting?

  • Jay Glendenning
    Jay Glendenning May 11, 2010

    If the belt is routed properly I would check the tightness of that belt and then get the car to an Autozone or similar and have them check that the alternator is charging the battery and that the battery is holding the charge.

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Check the alternator and the connections to it.

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Yes .. it may have damaged the alternator

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