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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
SOURCE: Battery dead every morning
Something is shorting out (drawing power but not returning it to the battery)
Make sure you don't have any accessories plugged in and running or anything else running or on when you go to bed at night as this would draw down the power!
I'm assuming you have to jump start it every mourning.
Is that correct?
If so the new battery and alternator will be strained and go again soon!
Go to an auto parts store like Advanced Auto Parts and have your battery and alternator tested (they do this for free) and may be able to verify that you have a power draw somewhere!
A jury rig fix would be to put a battery disconnect (available at any auto parts store and pretty easy to install) at the terminal to the battery and disconnecting every night but that won't fix the power draw.
What was the original problem that led you to change the battery and alternator?
Posted on Feb 19, 2009
first check if fuel is getting into the throttle body...take the air cleaner off and have someone press the accelerator while you watch for fuel to squirt into the throat. if there is no fuel then look at fuel delivery problems. If you do have good fuel flow then take out a spark plug and examine it for fouling or possible flooding. If it isn't then proceed to check for a spark. put the spark plug into the spark plug wire but NOT in the engine. with gloves on and wire and YOU are away from moving engine parts and belts and away from the area where you removed to spark plug. Place the top part of the spark plug and make it contact a solid metal part that has a good contact to the chassis...to allow for a return path for the spark. you can hold the wire far from the spark plug to avoid a shock. have an associate start the truck and make sure its producing a nice white or blue spark....red sparks are weak and no sparks is of course ignition issues. hopefully this will help with moving on with troubleshooting. we would need more info to move on or spend a month listing all the possibilities. :-)
Posted on Mar 19, 2009
Jump atart the car or charge the battery to get it running again. With the engine running, check the battery with a voltmeter. Should be around 13.5 to 14.0 volts. If significantly less, I would suspect alternator or wiring. Also check the lone fat red wire coming off the positive battery terminal for corrosion - replace the eyelet if it doesn't look clean.
Posted on Jun 27, 2009
I would return to the installer of the remote starter and ask them to remove it. Then see if the problems go away and I'll bet they do.
Posted on Oct 17, 2009
It could be the generator field from the ECM. The ECM supplies this variable-duty cycle signal to ground the field winding of the alternator. So the alternator may not be getting "turned on" by the computer.
Posted on Oct 31, 2010
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