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Battery loses charge over night when parked

Van runs and drives fine. no start in morning dead battery,festarts after a jump and running and driving

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  • John Fox Apr 20, 2013

    It's a brand new battery

  • Dodgey Dave Apr 20, 2013

    Ok ,so its not the battery.My bad guess hey. So it would appear that someyhing is drawing power from the battery while the car is standing overnight. If you have access to a multimeter you could check for a current draw on the battery when all is in switch off mode. A faulty alternator could also cause the battery to become discharged.Let me know how you get on.



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Make sure your fan belt is correctly tensioned .If so,remove one battery lead and with every thing switched off tap the battery lead on the battery teminal.If you see sparking this will indicate a voltage draw on the battery . My guess is that you probably need a new battery.Take it to a battery sales place and let them check it for you.

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SOURCE: possibly wiring issues


With the indulgence of ginko.

I have to agree on your supposition that the current problem is an electrical, however, the initial "check engine soon light" indicates engine/mechanical problems.

The first corrective move would then be to restore the car to that initial state and thereafter work on the "check engine soon light".

Course of action suggested:

  • have the battery fully recharge externally;
  • on placing back the battery, pls note if there will be some sparking when the last terminal touches the battery post. If yes then you have a short. If the spark is strong, then it is along the main/always ON B+12, if it is slight, then it is a partial short and could be in any of the harness, connector, load. If none, then the possibility of a short is low;
  • flickering dashboard/warning lights, relays clicking, and other electrical issues could possibly be the alternator not charging the battery when the engine is running. If the battery/charge warning light is not lit, then chances are it is either the battery is not accepting any charge and/or the terminal for the alternator's output is not connected correctly (might be loose or corrosion) to the + terminal of the battery;
  • another to check would be the fusible link that is connected to the + terminal of the battery that goes through a connector to the main harness leading to the fuse box. This wire is smaller than the big cable that goes to the starter motor. In some instances, the connector might be corroded;
  • it wold also be suggested to check the grounding cable both to the engine and to the chassis/body of the vehicle;
  • the fuse/relay box would also be suspect specially the terminals and connectors.
After the aforementioned has been attended to and eliminated, then the the car's computer could be scanned for possible engine problems.

Hope this be of initial help/idea. Pls post back how things turned up or should you need additional information.

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SOURCE: 1992 Voyager won't start

The first thing I try if this happens when I am around, is to press the accelerator pedal all the way to the floor to let the engine gulp air. Often, especially after an engine is warm, it gets too much fuel, which can gag the plugs and prevent them from firing. Providing too much air, dries them out and often a stalled or stubborn engine will start.
Hard starting of a warm engine can also occur if it was turned off fairly hot and the cooling fan switch has failed. In many vehicles this switch will either keep the fan running after the ignition is turned off, or restart in response to the normal rise in block temperature due to stored heat heating the coolant after there is no circulation. The failure of this fan to run for few minutes after the engine is stopped can also expose a tendency toward vapor lock.  Vapor lock occurs in a fuel line too close to hot engine components and the liquid gasoline goes to a gaseous state forming a bubble in the line momentarily that can block the flow of gas.
Other points to check if the above doesn't apply: pull any spark plug lead and position it near a chassis ground point and have someone turn the key while you watch to see if there is any spark at all. If there isn't, several items could be at fault; ignition module, the ECU, a failed high voltage lead from coil to distributor (if these are present in your car), a failed ignition switch, ballast resistor (if present).
If the engine uses an electric fuel pump, it may have failed. If the engine has fuel injection, there is normally a valve on the fuel rail (which may be capped) that can be depressed like a tire valve to see if fuel in present in the fuel rail and under some pressure.       

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SOURCE: engine stalling in park and drive.

Just a shot in the dark here. Mikuni carbs were problamatic on that engine. I remember them well. They had internal vacuum leaks and diapragm leaks just like you describe. I dont kn ow if you can get it any more but the fix used to be a new reman carb. they were not rebuildable. But I always wondered why you coul not have a base plate adapter made by a machine shop to adapt any other simpler carb to it? as long as your cfm rating was the same--ya know? Like take a holley 2 barrel off a k-car and adapt it on. Anyway I hope I helped. But that is what it sounds like. Carb replacement. Thanks

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SOURCE: battery wont hold a charge overnight but starts

sounds like the electrolyte levels in your battery are extremely low which will cause it to not hold a charge except over the day when the alternator is constantly recharging it, ask a mechanic to either top it up or buy a new battery

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SOURCE: my battery died and now the van wont start.

I have no idea about the factory alarm resetting itself, but I DO have experience with having someone leave lights on and jumping the battery the wrong way. Unless you are 100% positive this is no the case, make sure it was not fried on the jump. If the cables were crossed, you might have some wires, therefore rendering your on-board computers to ****. =) Good Luck.

Also, contact a dealer via PHONE (so they can not trick you into being charged by looking at your van) in regards to factory alarm.

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