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The cable leading from the alternator to the battery broke

The cable leading from the alternator to the battery lost connection. Can this cable be purchased?

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Yes,just replace it with as large a wire,or bigger,and run it to the battery from the alternator.

Posted on Jul 15, 2010

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Engine stalls when i remove the negative battery lead does this mean the alternator is shot or could it be the voltage regulator

Why would you remove the battery cable when it is running?

Current has to get back to the battery on the ground side
You took that away & it stopped

Certainly was not a test for anything

If the battery has been sitting for several hours & it reads above
12.7 the battery has failed

11.3 with a heavy load -- I guess is the question
That may be normal for your vehicle

Only way to resolve any vehicle problem is by component testing

Dec 01, 2014 | 1990 Toyota 4Runner


How to test an alternator

Diagnosing alternators are about the same on all vehicles. You will need a digital multimeter to do the tests. ( WalMart has cheap ones for around $9) <br />First, you need to make sure it isn't really a battery problem.<br />One at a time, take off each battery cable at the battery and thoroughly clean the terminals and cable ends and retighten securly. NOTE: take off negative (black) first, leave it off, then do the positive (red) cable. Re-attach positive and then negative last. This way you will avoid any contact spark on the positive side which could damage your computer or wiring.<br />Next, check the voltage on your battery. With multimeter on Volts DC 20 setting, you should get around 12.65 Volts DC. <br />NOTE: Always use red lead on meter to positive (red) cable / battery post and black lead to negative (black) cable.<br />If your battery was discharged some due to your alternator suspition, you can go to the next step and start / jump start the engine.<br />With engine running test voltage at the battery again. You should get 13.4 to 14.2 volts.<br />Wiggle your test leads, scratching at the metal battery / cable terminals to ensure a good metal contact.<br />If you get more than 14.2 volts DC, your voltage regulator in the alternator is bad and the alternator must be replaced.<br />If you get less than 13 volts DC, move your black test lead to an engine ground (metal bolt which holds the alternator on, or clean metal surface / bolt on engine itself) and see if your readings are the same. If you get a higher reading of 13.4 - 14.2 volts your negative connection (cable or attatch point on engine) is faulty.<br />If still the same (less than 13 Volts) Move your red test lead to the connection on the back of the alternator itself where the red wire connects and black lead to ground. If your voltage is higher in the 13.2-14 volt range, your positive (red) cable or connection in that circut is faulty.<br />If none of these test produces at least 13.2 volts DC, replace the alternator.<br />If you get good alternator output voltages, but your battery won't hold a charge, have your battery load tested (free at auto stores or WalMart) as it is probably bad.<br />Hope that helps!<br />Mike

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Charging system

the charging system consists of the battery and the cables , ,alternator and its wiring. the battery must be good charged and clean connections. the alternator should output 13.5 to 15 volts. the heavy lead from the alternator should be connected to pos cable on battery

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HoW Do I diagnose alternator problems in 1990 mercury sable

one is by disconnecting negative cable from battery for an instant with car running, if car stops running, your alternator is bad, other way is to read voltage at the battery with car running, what your reading is alternator voltage, should be between 12v and 14.9v any reading off means your alt. could be bad, but if your not shure, if you can, take the alternator out and have an autoparts tested for you they will tell you if is good or not. thanks

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The alternator getting hot & the bus not start

hi, this is one of these faults that the alternator, is INTERNALLY SHORTED or the POSITIVE FEED FROM STARTER MOTOR to the ALTERNATOR to the car (LARGE CABLE). there is a way to test this. take the battery (NEGATIVE LEAD) (as not to short-out the battery cable) off and TAKE OFF the (BOLTED TERMINAL and the second cable) of the SMALLER ALTERNATOR CABLE replace the LARGER CABLE to the (ALTERNATOR and BOLT this ON to determin if the alternator is shorted OR it is the cable from the ALTERNATOR to the CAR FUSEBOX. ( you may need to read this again, not easy).if when the battery is reconnected to the alternator it cools down ALTERNATOR O. K.(then the LARGE CABLE that SUPPLIES the car is SHORTED).


because the battery is connected to the alternator and the alternator is conected to the fusebox. (the battery to alternator is part of the CHARGING CIRCUIT and the alternator regulator is the other part, only when engine running 1500 rev min. gerry

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Need info on how to change the alternator on 93 sunbird and maybe a diagram if possible

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable at the battery.

CAUTION Failure to disconnect the negative cable may result in injury from the positive battery lead at the alternator, and may short the alternator and regulator during the removal process.

  1. Disconnect and label the two terminal plug and the battery leads from the rear of the alternator.

Detach the connector(s) from the rear of the alternator

3. Loosen the alternator mounting bolts. Push the alternator inwards, then slip the drive belt off the pulley.

Unfasten the lower rear mounting bolt

Loosen the rear upper retainer

4. Remove the mounting bolts, then remove the alternator from the vehicle.

Unfasten the front mounting bolt, then ...

... remove the alternator from the vehicle

a385b6f.gif Alternator mounting for a 1987-89 2.8L and 1990-94 3.1L engine

To install:
  1. Place the alternator in its brackets and install the mounting bolts. Do not tighten them yet.
  2. Slip the belt back over the pulley. Pull outwards on the unit and adjust the belt tension (see Section 1). Tighten the mounting and adjusting bolts.
  3. Attach the electrical leads to the alternator.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.

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My battery light came on and at the same time the power steering seems to have gone out.


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My 1997 jeep grand cherokee tsi with a 5.2 seems to have a charging problem. the alternator is a year old and was tested twice in the last week at 2 different locations and was shown to be good. same thing...

How is the pigtail ground strap from engine block to body? Have you had engine diagnostic test done? Voltage rVOLTAGE DROP TEST
A voltage drop test is the only effective way to find excessive resistance in high amperage circuits. It's a quick and easy test that doesn't require any disassembly and will quickly show you whether or not you've got a good connection or a bad one.
To do a voltage drop test, you create a load in the circuit that's being tested. Then you use a digital volt meter (DVM) to measure the voltage drop across the live connection while it is under the load. Voltage always follows the path of least resistance, so if the circuit or connection being tested has too much resistance some of the voltage will flow through the DVM and create a voltage reading.

If a connection is good, you should find little or no voltage drop and see less than 0.4 volts for most connections, and ideally less than 0.1 volts. But if you find more than a few tenths of a voltage drop across a connection, it indicates excessive resistance and a need for cleaning or repair.
To check the starter circuit for excessive resistance, you need to measure the voltage drop at the battery, battery cable connections and starter while the engine is being cranked.
The first check is "available battery voltage." For the starter to crank at normal speed, the battery must be at least 75% charged (12.4 volts or higher). Low battery voltage can not only affect the starter but every other electrical system in the vehicle.
A. Set your DVM to the 20 volt scale, then connect meter positive (+) lead to battery positive (+) post (not the clamp or cable), and the meter negative (-) lead to battery negative (-) post.
B. Disable the engine so it will not start when it is cranked. (Ground the ignition coil wire, or disable the ignition circuit or fuel pump relay.) Limit cranking time to 15 seconds or less.
C. While cranking the engine, record the volt reading on the DVM. D. Next, connect your meter positive (+) lead to the battery terminal stud on the starter, and the meter negative (-) lead to the starter housing.
E. While cranking the engine, record the volt reading.
F. Compare the two voltage readings. If both are the same, there are no excessive voltage drops on the positive feed side.
G. If available voltage at the starter is not within one (1) volt of battery voltage, there is excessive voltage drop in the circuit.
The next test is for voltage drop on the positive side of the starter circuit.
A. Make sure the battery is fully charged.
B. Disable ignition.
C. Set DVM on 2 volt scale.
D. Connect meter positive (+) lead to positive (+) battery post, and the meter negative (-) lead to the battery terminal stud on the starter. While cranking the engine, record the voltage reading.
The maximum allowable voltage drop including the solenoid or external relay in the starter circuit should be 0.6 volts or less.
If you find more than a 0.6 volt drop in the starter circuit, you can isolate the bad connection by using the following voltage drop tests.
* Check the positive battery post and cable connection by measuring the voltage drop between the two while cranking the engine. Connect the meter positive lead to the battery post and the meter negative lead to the cable clamp. A good post/cable connection should have zero voltage drop.
* Check the positive battery cable by measuring the voltage drop end to end while cranking the engine. Connect the meter positive lead to the clamp on the positive battery cable, and the meter negative lead to the end of the cable at the starter. Crank the engine and note the voltage reading. A good cable should have a voltage drop of 0.2 volts or less.
* To check the starter solenoid or relay connections, connect the meter positive lead to positive battery terminal on the solenoid or relay, and the meter negative lead to the starter motor terminal. Crank the engine and note the reading. A good connection should have a voltage drop of 0.2 volts or less.
Next, you need to check the negative side of the starter circuit. To check the entire circuit, connect the meter positive lead to a clean spot on the starter motor case and the meter negative lead to the negative battery post. Crank the engine and note the reading. The voltage drop on the negative side should be 0.3 volts or less.
If the voltage drop is too high, set your DVM to the 2 volt scale and start checking each connection on the negative side to find the bad connection or cable. Use the DVM leads to check across each connection while cranking the engine as before.
Check the negative battery post/ground cable connection (should be zero voltage drop).
Check the negative ground cable from the battery to the engine (should be 0.2 volts or less).
Check between the negative battery post and starter housing (should be 0.3 volts or less).
Check between the engine block and starter housing (should be 0.10 volts or less).
To check the alternator connections on the positive side for excessive resistance:
A. Set DVM on 2 volt DC scale.
B. Connect the meter positive lead to the alternator output stud (B+ terminal).
C. Connect the meter negative lead to the positive (+) battery post.
D. With the engine running at 1,800 to 2,000 rpm with all lights and accessories on (except the rear electric defroster), check the voltage drop reading. It should be 0.5 volts or less. If higher, the connections between the alternator output stud and battery need to be cleaned. Also, look for loose connections or undersized cables.
To check the alternator connections on the negative side for excessive resistance:
A. Set DVM on 2 volt DC scale.
B. Connect meter negative lead to alternator case.
C. Connect meter positive lead to battery negative (-) post.
D. With engine running at 1,800 to 2,000 rpm with all lights and accessories on (except rear defogger), check the voltage drop reading. On the negative side, it should be 0.2 volts or less. If excessive, the connections need cleaning or the negative cable needs to be replaced. Some alternators are mounted in rubber bushings and have a separate ground strap. If so equipped, be sure to check the voltage drop across this strap, too.

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Nov 15, 2009 | 1997 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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1999 GS300 alternator not working

I would have to suspect a bad battery cable or battery cable end or negative battery cable ground.

Many alternators blow the output diodes if the battery is disconnected (or the connection is lost even momentarily) from the system while the engine is running and the alternator is putting out voltage. Check/Replace you battery cables before installing a new alternator for this reason. Cleaning surface corrosion off the terminals is often not sufficient when the corrosion has seeped into the wire under the insulation. Also many overlook the negative battery cable's connection to the frame or engine becuase it is often "out of sight". If your negative battery cable attaches to the frame the problem might also be a ground strap from the engine/trans to the frame. It's failure could isolated the alternator form the battery on many vehicles with the same result.

Another less likely possibilty is insulation worn wire(s) grounding out against a metal part someplace. Look around moving parts and components that have a wiring harness near them. Steering shafts and components. Compressor clutch and belt pulleys. Gas pedal, and throttle cables and linkage including cruise control system.

Sep 21, 2009 | 1994 Lexus GS 300

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