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When i start the car it wont start. seems like battery is dead. But both alt and battery have been tested and are ok. and i have a short some where... could it be the cables to my starter?

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It could be a bad ground or the starter solenoid itself. Take the starter to any parts store and they will test the starter for free....plus while you are under there, you can check your cables to the starter and see what the condition of them are in.

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Replaced starter in 99 Saturn. Battery went dead, got new one ...same thing. REPLACED ALT. SAME THING. Had alt tested, it was good. Wont hold a charge, wont start. Could starter wires be crossed?


Instead of guessing (could wires be crossed ) Testing the electrical circuits is the way to find the problem . Battery goes dead when ? over night ,while driving the vehicle ? If it goes dead overnight you have a parasitic drain on the electrical system . Look at a wiring diagram an check the wires for correct hook up . Free wiring diagrams here http://www.bbbind.com/free_tsb.html Enter vehicle info. Year , make , model an engine size . under system click engine then under subsystem click starting . Click the search button ,then the blue link . Really don't think you could cross the wire's ,only two size wires (connectors ) . only hooks up one way.

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great questions...!!!
no it cant, mine can.
most dmm do 20 amps
most cars do 100 to 500 amps. cranked.
the alt can do 50, some more.
yes, its all DC, and the best tool is a DC amp clamp meter for $50
the alt is AC inside, and DC outside, thus the name.
why jnot say context what are you doing.
i need to know your plans.
dead battery ever 5 hours.
car wont start
battery explodes.
wires melt.
what?

testing the ALT on car , takes some skills
alts. can in fact shut down even when 100% OK (it's loansome)

most folks never read the spec on the VR.
its can be very complex this.

cases in point.
open ground or big wire.
battery going open inside. (cracks in battery or a cell dries up)
over volage (over 16v)
battery shorts. or cables shorts.
cable opens or ground opens/
some newer cars the ECU is the VR. ! !!!!
older cars the charge lamp out , nets you no, start up exciton field current (born dead ALT)

to do this we must know what alt we have.
the FSM covers that as does ALLDATA.com

so here are the 1st test.
12.6v at battery means charged (resetted and not freezing)
13.3- 15v running means the ALT is working
i stall engine
and leave head lights on for 2 mins. or so.. battery was discharged.
so i start up with my amp clamp (DC) clamped on to the
ALT big signal wire, it shows me 40amps.
good.
if not bad.
as i watch it ,it can drift to zero (or to 5amps ignition power)
note polarity , - is drain + is charging.
depends on clamp orientation, that is why i use discharge test first.
+40amps?

need more ask.

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2002 Ford Focus, driving down road, airbag light comes on, dashlights go out, engine runs rough then quits. Restarts, goes one block, quits again.


Symptoms of a charging system problem. The charging system comprises the alternator, battery and associated wiring. If the alternator should fail to produce a sufficient or stable enough voltage for the car's electronic systems - due to a wiring short, faulty voltage regulator, or corroded electrical connector, for example - the car will run off the "reserve" in the battery for a short time until the battery is eventually depleted. (The battery itself could also contribute to the problem if it has a faulty cell or for some reason is causing the alternator to put out an excessively high voltage in an attempt to compensate.)

So a couple of quick checks: Measure the battery voltage with the car off. Yours sounds like it will be dead; the clicking while attempting to start is the starter relay not getting enough juice. Then the question becomes: Is the battery dead because of age (fails to hold a charge) or because the alternator isn't charging it? To answer this question, measure the voltage at the battery with the car running. (Jump it or substitute a known good 12V battery.) You should see 14+V. If you only see 12V or less, you're seeing only the current battery charge without any contribution from the alt.

Finally, don't assume because the alt isn't putting out anything the alt is at fault. The wiring harness and electrical connector to the back of the alt should be thoroughly examined. (The wiring connector is a known failure point on early models.) The wiring harness should obviously show no signs of burning, melting or chafing and the battery terminals should be corrosion free and tight. If the harness checks out, remove the alt and have it bench tested. Rebuilding usually gives better long term reliability than chain store bought reman units, I'm told.

Long story short, I suspect the voltage regulator in your alternator failed, the battery gave it's all trying to keep your car running, finally gave up and now you have a dead alt and a dead battery. Don't just install a new battery without doing the alternator voltage output tests.

If you're really lucky it could be as simple as loose or corroded battery terminals.

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