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Car will not hold charge

New battery ,serpentine belt and alternator still will not hold a charge after the jumper cables are removed.

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    evo3675 Feb 12, 2014

    most newer cars have a charge relay, fuse or a diode interface usually under the hood at the battery or underhood fuse box and as sometimes in the under dash fuse panel .if any one of these components is broken or blown the vehicle will run but not charge till the battery is dead



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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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