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1996 escort battery dashlight has no voltage

1996 escort battery dashlight has no voltage plus only 12 volts on one lead of a three prong lead on the alternator checked all fuses.

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Check the leads at the starter motor are connected and clean and tight.

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I have a 2002 Honda 954RR. The fuel pump is not kicking on when I turn the key. How do I check the fuel pump relay to see if its working

the fuel pump relay has 4 leads. one is positive to battery, one is negative, ground, one is input voltage(on/off), and one is load (to the fuel pump +). Locate a 12 volt dc power source and connect the negative to the relay ground, and the positive to the relay input voltage lead. When 12 volts is applied to the input voltage, you should hear a click of the relay opening- additionally, if you have a multi-tester, you can also check for continuity (resistance, ohmage) by connecting the multi-tester to the 2 other leads. when the input voltage lead receives the 12 volts, you should hear a click AND the multitester should detect continuity in the circuit, and lose continuity when the 12 volt is removed from the input voltage lead.

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Voltage draw down found!
1) repaced bad battery
2) rechecked voltage draw...

Voltage draw down found!
1) repaced bad battery
2) rechecked voltage draw still showing 12 volt drain with all under hood fuses, relays, and interior fuses and relays pulled.
3) Computer was the 12 Volt drain, & had to reprogram itself.
4) gave the new battery a good long charge, reinstalled the battery into the vehicle.
5) Hooked the battery up, pulled the keys out of the ignition, close and lock all doors with auto door lock. Waited minimum of 20 min so the computer would go back into the sleep mode.
6) after 20 minute wait, rechecked the voltage draw by removing the neg battery cable from the battery, hooking volt meter + lead to battery cable end, and neg lead to battery neg post, nothing showing or zero reading.
7) Hooked the neg cable up to battery, started the truck and let the engine idle to normal run temp, then fast idled 1200-1300 rpms for 2 minutes, then drove the vehicle for 5+ miles and alternating speeds. All appears back to normal now. Alt showing 14.2 to 14.4 volts, and no other problems.
After all of the afore mentioned, my problems began with a bad battery cell, thus caused my computer to have the memory reset.Until the computer was reset, I had a 12v continious draw down! I got this info from a repair manual, that I purchase sometime ago. Thanks for your alls help........EJB

on Dec 30, 2011 | 1996 GMC Yukon


My Car Will Not Start.

Many starter problems are caused by week or discharged batteries, loose and corroded cables. Check the battery and the connections at the battery first when having starter problems.
NOTE: please take all safety measures to prevent any harm to you while doing any of these checks or performing any of the test.
PLEASE NOTE: CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY CODES BEFORE YOU DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY.some cars have anti-theft built into the radios and require a code to re-power the radio after the battery connection is lost.
Check for proper starting voltage:
1.) If you have a volt meter connect a voltmeter to the starter in this manner;Black lead to the starter case; red lead to the [s] terminal, (smaller wire on solenoid), have a helper try to crank the engine over, note voltage reading.
No crank - or voltage less than 12 volts.1.) If the engine does not crank and the voltage is less than 12.0 volts.Check for a problem with the
  • Neutral safety switch
  • Clutch safety switch, (if it has one)
  • Bad ignition switch or bad ground cable from the battery to the chassis/engine.
NOTE: The ground cable needs to be a solid connection to both the engine and the frame or body. Most cars will have a ground connection to the engine and from the engine to the frame or body they will have smaller braided wires.
No crank - and the voltage is more than 12 volts. If the engine does not crank and the voltage is more than 12.0 volts. Using your volt meter, put the red lead on the larger post of the starter (the one with the battery cable) The other black lead on the starter body for a ground connection. Have a helper try and crank the engine, check your voltage meter reading.
If the voltage is less than 12 volts. NEXT: Check the battery voltage at the battery during the Crank cycle.If the battery voltage drops below 9.0. volts Check the battery cable connections be sure they are clean and tight. You may have a bad battery, charge the battery for 30 minutes then recheck.
You can still check your starter problem with out a voltmeter, you can use and old school test light in the same manner as for the voltmeter, you just have to notice if the bulb gets dimmer or not light up.

on Feb 27, 2010 | Chevrolet Impala Cars & Trucks

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No power to starter starter is good

Confirm power is availible at starter main power supply, step one , using mutl meter check for 12 volts at battery positive terminal , 2, check main voltage supply lead to starter from battery pos post , 12 volts present? yer check voltage supply lead from battery pos post to altenater , then to starter , 12 volts present, yes , check small wire to starter at starter for switched 12 volts present yes change stater after confirming suitable ground, no, trouble shoot ignition / starter switch in colume

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Toyota starlet alternator charge relay

I am having similar problems with my 1983 fuel injected starlet. I have burnt through a replacement alternator, and bought a new battery(not to mention tons of other mechanical work trying to restore the car). The pros are telling me it could be the charge light relay, which is hard to find, but if the plug on the alternator with the "L" marking for light is supposed to have less than 12 volts running through it, while the other two prongs are supposed to have full charge. On my car the "L" charge light prong has no voltage going to it, while tho others are at 12 volts. I did the testing with a FULLY CHARGED battery, an undercharged battery can also short out the alternator, I am told. Trying to learn what to do, still no luck I am afraid to install the new alternator and it tested good.

Feb 21, 2013 | 1996 Toyota Starlet

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1997 f250 7.3 ltr alternator is hot to the touch,engine is cold

there should only be volts at the single prong no were else unless the key is on or engine running

May 03, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

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Overcharged car battery

I think you might need a new voltmeter! The true voltage of a lead acid battery should be 13.5 volts. The alternator just fills the battery with AMPS. Its output is regulated at 13.5 volts. Put a 12 volt bulb on the battery and it would burn it out at 20 plus volts, plus all the bulbs in your vehicle and probably the ECM and the Radio.

The harmonic balancer has nothing to do with the charging system, it just makes the engine smoother and not vibrate.

Nov 05, 2017 | 1992 Buick LeSabre

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My battery says it has 12 volts, but i don't get anything when i hit the key

Measure the voltage while cranking. If the the voltage doesn't change much, then you have a poor connection, maybe due to corrotion or loose connection which is not always obvious. If the voltage drops signicantly as you are cranking, then you have a weak battery. To crank the car you need more than voltage. The twelve volts has to have enough CURRENT as well. Currents unit is expressed in AMPERE, or AMPS for short. VOLTAGE and AMPERE always go together to give you electrical power. If you want to know how much electrical power you have you just multiply Voltage by Current., and you get WATTAGE. Usually in automotive wattage is not used much since the voltage is always around 12 volts and therefor power is determined by just AMPERE. I HOPE THIS WILL SHED MORE LIGHT TO UNDERSTANDING WHY YOUR CAR WONT CRANK EVEN IF THERE WAS 12 VOLTS.

Nov 11, 2009 | 1994 Ford Escort

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Escort diesel fuel pump problem , new one has 3 wires instead of 1 wire

Find the lead that has 12 volts when the igtnition switch is turned on, that is the lead you will use.

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