Question about Honda Element
Problem started after my catalytic converter and both O2 Sensors were stolen and replaced. While driving the seatbelt light is the first to come on then radio stops, air conditioner stops, ALL the lights on the dashboard flicker on/off, then all gauges stop working, lights dim, eventually the car dies. A jump will get it started and I can drive 5-10 miles and the car will die again. I put the battery charger on it everynight. Charges to 100% sometimes it will take 20mins to get to 100 other times it will take longer than an hour. Battery,Alternator,Knock Sensor have all been replaced for this issue. Anymore suggestions?
Posted by Anonymous on
Sounds like a bad connection somewhere. Maybe the thieves or the repair shop damaged/loosened something. I would start the car and start wiggling/moving wires and connections to try to narrow down where the problem is. Start at the alternator connections, both at the alternator and where the thick wire connects, probably at the power distribution box but it may go straight to the battery; don't recall on that car.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
If the battery and alternator tested fine. I would have the charging system rechecked when engine is hot and at high rpm's. This way the checks are being done as if you were driving and driving for a long time. Alternators can work fine when cold but weaken when hot or stop working. This problem is not rare but only is seen occassionly. Unless it was checked at an electrical shop the average shop doesn't run these tests for they don't see the problem often enough to automaticly run them at all times. Good luck and let me know how you make out.
Posted on Sep 21, 2009
Check for bad connection to the battery. Use a volt meter to check voltage from alternator to the battery, should be 14.5 volts to 15 volts. If you have anything less than that then look for a bad alternator wire from alternator to battery. Also check for a good ground connection to the battery. Do all the testing with everything off inside the car so you will not have a power drain from the system. hope this will help you.
Posted on May 14, 2010
You need to check the charging system. Take a volt OHM meter and go to the positive and then the negative posts. It will tell you how many volts it is putting out. If it is not charging at least 13.9 volts, then you bought a faulty alternator. If the alternator is good then check the belts to make sure they are tight enough. When you push on the belt at about 3 inches from the alternator it should not give more than 1/4 to 1/2 inch. If it does move more, then tighten the belts. If it is a V belt, just tighten the alternator. If a serpentine belt, check the belt tensioner and belt routing to make sure it is on right. The diagram should be under the hood.
Posted on Nov 16, 2010
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