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1983 honda accord alternator not charging the battery. drains after few minutes

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If you can drive the car, bring it to a parts store for a free check of the battery and charging system. If you can't drive it (which sounds like the case) 1st check battery cable connections to make sure they are clean (no corrosion) and tight. 2. Pull the battery out and bring it to a parts store for a free check of it's condition. It may be just low charge due to some drain on the electric system, or bad alt., or more likely it's shot. 3. If the battery needs to be replaced, do it, then return to the store for a free check of the alternator to make sure it is charging properly. Let me know what you find.

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Sounds like you regulator points are staying closed, thus causing the no-charge condition as well as the severe drain on your battery. Check the fusable links, the ES1 and ES2 motors were famous for this in 82-85, but if they are fine, replace your alternator.


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Re-fitting is just the reversal of the removal.

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