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The charging system will consist of what the battery and alternator and what how can i tell if the alternator is bad

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Start the vehicle pull the cables from the battery if the car stays on ur good if it dies ur not holding charge u only need a battery to start the car u can take the battery completly out after and go grocery shopping but good luck starting it on ur way back(:

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My headlights, air system, and radio will lose power at times due to low voltage. What could be the cause?

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Why isnt my 1990 chrysler new yorker fifth avenue altenator not charging battery

Could be a bad battery or a bad alternator, or both.

A bad battery can hinder the performance of an alternator and a faulty alternator can slowly kill a battery.

Check your battery fluid levels and acidity concentration. Do not replenish fluid level with plain tap water as it will finally spell doom on the battery.

If you can still drive the car, take it to your nearest auto parts dealer. They usually have basic maintenance checkups for free. One of them is testing the charging system and they will tell you right up if the problem lies in the battery or the charging system.

A bad battery is a blind alley. If it's bad then replace it.

If you still want to hack at it at home, and all is OK with the battery, there is an old way of telling whether the alternator is working properly. But it's kind of dangerous if you do it wrong.

With the engine running, place the flat part of a flat head screwdriver on the side of the alternator, opposite to the v-belt or serpentine pulley. I'm talking about the center of the back cover of the alternator. Make sure you do not touch any electrical connections with the screwdriver as you may cause a short-circuit and experience fireworks. The tip of the screwdriver should be safely away from any spinning pulleys and belts.

If you feel a magnetic 'pull' on the screwdriver from the alternator body at the center of the back cover, it is a good sign that it is actually doing its job, charging that is. But only that.

An alternator "alternates" between powering all things electrical in your car and charging the battery. There is a small, replaceable thing called a "voltage regulator" that when it goes bad, it kinda gives you battery problems. You can buy one and replace it yourself or you can have someone do the dirty stuff.

In any case, a good, professional, clean, and thorough checkup is always the best option.

Hope it helps.

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Batery wont charge when u jump,, new battery 5 months ago

You need to go to auto parts store and have them check that the alternator is charging the battery. They do this for free. Also have them check the battery to make sure that there is not a bad cell in the battery. This can happen from time to time. if all of that is good u may have a drain on the battery. Check that all lights go out when u shot down the car.

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Charging system

the charging system consists of the battery and the cables , ,alternator and its wiring. the battery must be good charged and clean connections. the alternator should output 13.5 to 15 volts. the heavy lead from the alternator should be connected to pos cable on battery

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How to tell if it's the battery starter or alternator

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Mar 27, 2013 | 2004 Ford Taurus

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I try to start my truck up which is a 2003 ford expedition and it makes a ticking noise! well i jus changed the starter and its still making that noise. could it be the alternator or whats the problem?

The starting system consists of:
  • starter motor
  • starter switch, part of the ignition switch
  • digital transmission range (TR) sensor (automatic transmission-equipped vehicles)
  • starter motor solenoid relay switch
  • starter solenoid
  • starter drive
When you turn your key to start your engine, it just clicks, right? If so, more than likely this is due to a bad battery. Even though your battery may appear to be fully charged, it may have a dead cell, or worse. If you get a jump, does the vehicle start? If so, replace your battery.

Possible sources of the problem if the engine does not crank or the relay clicks:
  1. Battery
  2. Starter motor
  3. Starter motor relay
  4. Ignition switch
  5. Damaged fuse
  6. Anti-theft system
  7. Circuitry

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Could be a bad battery, alt or a bad ground wire

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Why I Get Warning battery light on a new Battery

You may have a bad alternator, when the alternator isnt charging this will also turn battery light on, have the cars charging system tested, this will tell you if the alternator is charging, hope this helps.

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Battery not charging

Could be...How old is the battery? If you live in a hot climate, your battery will drain faster. If you are always re-charging your battery, it will come a time it won't hold a charge anymore. Especially if the battery is old. If you access to a Voltmeter, you can check your alternator. A bad alternator will drain your battery in no time. Another potential problem that is difficult to solve is you have a short somewhere in your electrical system that is consistently drawing juice. If you know some basic electrical terms, you can run to your nearest auto store and they sell some battery testing kits. That will be my first stop if you are DIY.

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