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Battery not keeping a charge after buying a new alternator and battery

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Battery no charging


make sure you have a good battery. Alternator will not charge a bad battery, new or not. Also, charge the battery up with a charger before driving, all the alternator is to do is keep it charged, not recharge.

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My 1994 Bmw 525 I keeps having to be jump started everytime I get in it. Does the battery have to do with it and do I need a new one? If so where do I buy one?


I would make sure that the alternator is charging. It might be that you need a new battery, but without knowing if the car is charging you would eventually have the same issue. Most any parts store can charge and test your battery and tell you if it needs replaced or not, they can also test your alternator to see if it is good. A simple test would be to get a voltmeter or multimeter set for VDC and check between your positive and negative battery terminals with the car running and see if you have more than 12V. If the alternator is charging you should have around 14V.

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My fiance just changed the motor in his 89 chevy caprice to a 305. he put a new alternator in it and its not holding any charge. The care keeps shutting off when you drive or if we charge the battery hours...


Have you checked alternator output to see if it is getting from the alternator to the battery ? Could be a blown fuseable link or other wiring issue.

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71 c10 not staying charged... new battery alternator fuses good and new voltage regulator


Maybe it wasn't running long enough to charge up the battery?
Stop trying to jump it, when you are having problems with it dying, take the battery off and have it charged. And/or buy a $20 voltmeter to see what the battery shows. If it says less than 12 volts, it is discharged, and needs charging. A good battery that is not run down should have at least 12.5 volts. A new battery that is charged should have very close to 13 volts, maybe 12.8 volts.
When you have the truck running, check the alternator for charging. You put the voltmeter right on the battery and check it again. This time, with truck running, battery should show at least 13.5 volts. That shows the alternator is working. A good alternator will put out about 13 or 14 volts-the regulator will keep it from going any higher to prevent problems, like a melting battery or electrical parts burning out.
I would say get the charging system working right, then address the problem of dying at stop lights. That could be a carburetor problem, if the alternator is working.

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Power issues with 97 honda accord lx


is there any light left on boot door ect is the radio left on making sure you turn that off before turning car off get charging relays checked as if these dont work if they have them the battery will drain as the alternator wont charge it also if buying a new battery spend a bit more on a desent one as the cheaper ones dont always last plus the new one could be duff as well it does happen quite a lot hope this helps ivan

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My battery light just came on, so does that mean the battery is low? Or do I have to fix/replace the electrical system/battery cables?


you need to have the charging system checked to see if it is charging properly,it could be charging below the minimum voltage required to keep the light off,you could have a charging system problem that needs to be fixed.

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The battery in my 2006 Liberty keeps dying. I had a new one put installed in May 2010 and now in November 2010 the battery is dead again.


Have the system checked for more than .2 Amps draw in which case there is a short somewhere.

Also, check that the alternator is charging the battery by putting it on a starting/charging machine at Sears or Walmart or the parts store in your area (e.g. Autozone or Advance Auto Parts).

Good luck on this repair.

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Battery light goes on and off. got new battery twice this year and it still dies. mechanic cannot find problem and says it's not the alternater. help, I never know when the battery is going to die.


ITS EITHER ALTERNATOR OR ALTERNATOR WIRES BROKEN OR DAMAGED.IF ALTERNATOR WIRES LOOKS OKAY.I WOULD REPLACE ALTERNATOR AND BATTERY CABLES.WHEN BATTERY LIGHT COMES ON ALTERNATOR IS NOT CHARGING BATTERY.REPLACING BATTERY TWICE A YEAR IS CHARGING PROBLEM.ALTERNATOR NOT DOING ITS JOB.IF YOU BUY ANOTHER ALTERNATOR BUY CORRECT AMP ALTERNATOR BUY WHAT FACTORY PUT IN.

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If the battery is the original, it may be due for retirement.

To separate the two items, battery and alternator, I suggest you buy an inexpensive digital multimeter.
If the engine is turning at 1,000 or more rpms, a healthy alternator will produce 13 or more volts, most will be higher.
The highest it should reach is ~ 14.3 volts, higher than that and it will cause unnecessary heating of the battery and shorten the life of it.

If you find a voltage in the range mentioned, then the battery is being charged but is unable to keep it any more.

The cost of buying a multimeter is <$20 and this is far less than the difference between buying a new battery or a replacement alternator and you will find it useful for many other tasks.

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BATTERY LIGHT STAYS ON. NEW BATTERY. ALTERNATOR CHARGING OK


Mazda Mpv 2000 I also have the same problem, the alternater is testing good- 14.12Amp, so what is the problem the battery light will not go off.

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