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Battery drains fast

I bought a brand new alternator brand new battery , my car was giving a jump and the cables were put on there wrong 4 a second , so why come my car will not stay charged , it dies not even out the drive way

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    i have no idea thats why im asking 4 help some 1 help me please a real mechanic would be awesome

  • Duch Loving Aug 30, 2013

    my car is running , it was a very simple solution , 300 i did not spend

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Try to check the battery voltage with the engine running. Should be at least 13.6V from the alternator to charge the battery enough.

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What is the make, model and year?

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Testimonial: "1998 dodge durango , v8 , 5.2"

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The instructions for installing a new alternator usually read to fully charge the battery (12.3 - 12.8 volt range). Otherwise, the alternator will be damaged when it initializes. I have seen some extreme damage result from installing a new alternator with a low-charge battery. The torque required to turn an alternator when damaged in this scenario is unbelieveable!

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SOURCE: 2002 Kia Sedona new battery & alternator car dies while driving

hey buddy the same that happeanto me, its your alternator dont make any one give you the run a around alternator for sure. i got my alternator from gb500 it cost about $160.00 after tax.

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SOURCE: 1995 bmw 318is new alternator battery dieing

check all the lighting on the car, IE: trunk light,glove box light, light under the hood, any small light make sure they shut off ,check to see if you have a phone charger left in the cig. lighter, radar detector ETC. any of those things can drain a battery over night quick.if you dont find anything wrong then you may have a short somewhere in the electric system... hope this helps you...

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SOURCE: 97 nissan sentra put new alternator and battery car wont start

are you sure the alternator is good? because it could be tricky ...The only other thing is the wire running back to battery pack to charge battery maybe disconnected

Posted on Jun 16, 2009

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SOURCE: A few days ago my car wouldn't start and just made

I had the exact same problem or almost 2 years. I kept buying a battery, because I thought that was the problem. I eventually took it to a mechanic and off course the car didn't act up when the mechanic had it for several days. Finally, I checked all of the fuses. It was the cigarette lighter fuse that was blowen. Since I changed that fuse, the car starts up with no problem. It's frustrating everytime you get in the car you cringe when you start it - LOL Hope this helps.

Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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