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My Saturn Vue is 2003 it has a new battery but won't hold a charge for more than three days. Several mechanics have said the car must be driven regularly to keep the battery charged; that there is no

Car is almost entirely driven locally, rarely on highways. Alternator checks out ok no short circuits, battery has less than one thousand miles. Does this happen for anyone else

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Sometimes can be an issue of a loose or dirty connection to the new battery...rare. but an inexpensive beginning...you might consider the purchase of a battery tender...trickle charger tester...using this at night will assure no daily issues until you figure it out...did your car sit for some time recently? A bench test for the alternator is the most complete review...hope this helps...

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I would be going to an accredited auto electrician to have the alternator bench tested. If the rectifier block is weak or faulty then there will not be enough current generated to charge the battery. If a diode is faulty then there will be a current drain. Loose or bad alternator drive belts will not allow the alternator to work properly and there may be a problem with the voltage regulator.
A side point here is that when producing batteries, the battery factories experience around 15% of new batteries produced fail before they come off the assembly line so do not expect a new battery to be perfect as that is why they have warranties for.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014

Were were told pure nonsense by those mechanics

Forget other folks vehicle problems
All vehicles worldwide have many issues

They can do a Parasitic Current Test -- by leaving all the doors
closed & the key out of the ignition & have an Amp Meter in
either battery cable,then you wait for all modules & relay's to
time out (go to sleep)

IF-- you have a current draw over 50 to 60 Milli-Amps after an
hour --you have to start pulling fuses, to locate the circuit with
a problem & your battery drain

For your Alternator-- there are many tests & ways to do them,so do not assume the shops you went to, are on their game

My guess is that no shop has actually put time into the problem
& there may be many reasons why. That part I won't share with you,as it is not easy in that business dealing with the public, that hate you & the prices you charge.

Posted on Nov 23, 2014

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I went through three alternators before we found a good one for our saturn sl2. Now she has been good for two years. All I did was go back to where we bought it from, they hooked up the alternator to a machine and gave us a new one when it read that it was faulty.

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SOURCE: 2003 focus electrical issue- not charging properly

If you replaced the alternator and you have checked all fushes and wires. you most likly recieved bad alt. I would take it off and have it tested.

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SOURCE: NEW ALTERNATOR, NEW BATTERY, CAR still dies and wont start

Check the main power fuse that goes to the alternator output. if the alternator went out it could have burnt this fuse also.

Posted on Jun 26, 2009

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SOURCE: 2003 Hyundai Elantra alternator will not charge

If you have replaced the alternator and the battery has been checked and showed to be in good working condition then the only thing left is either a bad fusable link or cable (negative or psitive) going from battery to engine. You should inspect these cables and there connections. Corrosion on these connections can cause these problems. You also mention that the alternator will not keep car running. It should when you disconnect the negative battery cable while the engine is running.If all connections and cables are good and you haven't replaced alternator then you should do so.

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