Question about 1996 Lincoln Continental
New battery ,serpentine belt and alternator still will not hold a charge after the jumper cables are removed.
I will try and answer this. Most responses you will receive will have you looking for a drain in the system. Very well could be that.
But you said when Jumper cables are removed it does not charge. I have not heard of this in your Year of car, but witnessed it myself in a 2004 F150. There is a circuit called a "battery saver". Its job is to disconnect a battery drain to preserve the battery. What can happen is the Alternator uses power to make and generate even more power.
When a battery is not fully charged it needs a higher rate of charge and the Alternator may be viewed as a parasitic drain. The battery saver activates and disconnects the charging circuit. It can cut off at even 70MPH. I have seen F150's charge for about 5 minutes after removing a jumper and then cuts the battery charging circuit.
You need to be sure the battery is 100% charged. You need the car checked for things like the Diodes and starter draw. If you take the Alternator or Starter for a bench check it will not show how the wiring is working in the car. It is best to check the whole car.
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Turn off the engine and place the transmission in park (automatic) or first gear (manual). Engage the parking brake and open the hood. Disconnect the negative cable from the battery terminal using the battery terminal wrench.
Remove the serpentine belt by inserting the end of the serpentine belt tool into the square hole on the belt tensioner and rotating the removal tool clockwise. Unplug the alternator's electrical connector. Remove the bolt holding the positive voltage cable to the alternator using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket. Remove the positive voltage cable from the alternator.
Remove the alternator bracket bolts using a metric socket connected to a 3/8-inch ratchet. Remove the alternator from the car. Place the new alternator in the mounting brackets and reinstall the mounting bolts using a 3/8-inch ratchet connected to a metric socket.
Reinstall the positive voltage cable on the alternator and tighten the retaining nut using a 3/8-inch ratchet and a metric socket. Plug in the alternator's electrical connector. Compress the serpentine belt tensioner using the serpentine belt tool. Reinstall the serpentine belt according to the belt-routing diagram located under the hood.
Reconnect the negative cable to the battery using the battery terminal wrench. Start the engine and verify that the alternator works.
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