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MY 1995 JEEP BROKE DOWN ABOUT A YEAR AGO I JUST HAD 3 MAIN FUSES REPLACED A BRAND NEW BATTERY AND A BRAND NEW ALTERNATOR BUT THE BATTERY WON'T KEEP A CHARGE I HAVE A SHORT SOMEHWERE BETWEEN THE FUSE BOX AND THE BATTERY AND THE BATTERY TO GROUND HAS ANYONE EVER HAD THIS PROBLEM HOW DO I FIND THE SHORT? The battery started getting drained right after we bought it brand new. the first night we went to go start it after a few hours and it was completely dead so we jumped it then it started right up so we got the alternator tested they said it needed to be replaced so we bought a brand new alternator and we are still having the same problem it will start up and run as long as you jump it to get it started but after it sits for an hour or so the battery is dead we took the battery back to auto zone and had it tested it is not the battery and we tested the brand new alternator the short is somewhere between the ground the battery and the fuse box that is wehre we pick up the short on the meter but we can't figure out where and don't have a repair manual

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  • tpax726 Sep 16, 2009

    thanks we will check that next we did not check everything while it was running

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Have you checked the charging of the alternator at the battery? (not by a parts store) Put a volt meter across the battery and check voltage while running. You should be showing 13.5v or better (not over 14) with accessories off, 12.5 or better with everything on including high beams. If you don't, chances are you may have a regulator problem. I don't know how you are checking draw, but you should be using an ammeter placed between either battery terminal and cable (cable removed from battery) Unplug each fuse and watch for a substantial drop in draw. That system will be the one with the problem...then, unplug each component served by that fuse (with fuse replaced) till the draw again drops. That will be the component that is pulling your battery down. You did check the simple stuff like sun visor lights and glove box light?

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SOURCE: 1995 JEEP CHEROKEE WITH WIRING PROBLEM

u need the alternator retested, it is also possible your battery has a dead cell... if you have access to an ammeter, check the draw on the ground side... if it is less that an amp or so, the problem lies in the alt. or batt.

Posted on Sep 12, 2009

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