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Why doesnt the battery charge when the headlights are on the alternator is new and the battery tested good. 1995 dodge caravan

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Probably RPM are low just try to keep it at 800 idling

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Test the alternator. The battery light is for the charging system. Once the charging system is working with the engine running, the light should go off. If your light stays on with engine running, the alternator may need service or replacement.

To test the charging system, just put a voltmeter on the battery with engine running. The voltmeter should register at least 13.5 volts- alternator is charging. If you only show battery voltage with engine running, like 12.2-12.8 volts, the alternator or charging system is not working. The battery light should be on to signify this.

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I would check all connections. Make the belt that spins the alternator is tight. If you can get the vehicle to an advance auto parts or any tech that can test the battery and charging system that would help. They can all so a see if anything is drawing from the battery this will let you know If there is a problem with something draining the battery

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You will nee to have the alternator checked, make sure they test it under a load for a while and also make sure battery connections are good and clean. follow the battery cable, the smaller of the two which is the positive side and cable, there are two positive cables coming off the battery. one goes to starter and the other to the fuse/ relay box, make sure where the cable connects to box terminal that its clean and tight. this problem sounds more like an alternator that stops charging enough under a load. a load is when you are using a lot of accessories like the wipers ,radio, heater and headlights, what happens is the alternator is weak and cant keep up and the computer shuts down things when there is not enough voltage to run them, also the battery should be tested also to make sure its holding a good charge and able to accept the charge. you will need to run the engine and turn on all Assyria's and leave them on for a while and have a volt meter on the battery to check the alternator output. good luck.

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96 grand caravan 3.3l battery not staying charged. new serpintine belt, batterty, pulleys, and alternator tested ok several times. Also new computer installed and no fuses are blown. Should I replace the...


if alternator tested fine the wire on the back of the alternator is not getting a circuit back to the battery to charge it.
You can run a wire from the back of the alternator to the battery positive post and it will charge the battery.
I have done that several times on dodges because of ammeter gauge in dash being burnt out.
With the ammeter gauge burnt out it breaks the circuit from the alternator to the battery and the battery does not get charged.

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Battery doesn't charge. I have checked the cables from the battery to the alternator. They ohm out ok. The alternator was tested and is good. I have checked the voltage at the alternator and it is the same...


The battery on a Dodge Caravan is subject to the same drainage issues every conventional automobile battery has. If the alternator does not produce enough current to recharge the battery, it will lose its charge over time. If the voltage regulator is not functioning properly it can impair the ability of the battery to stay charged. If the operator leaves the headlights on, or the door open or any number of other accessories that draw electricity from the battery while the engine is not running, the battery will eventually die. Loose battery cables can also keep the alternator from supplying current back to the battery
the votage regalator usally is first to go out. thanks

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I have a dodge caravan 2002 it wont charge put on new alternator, and computer. it still wont charge. the wire on the back of the alternator is not showing any fire?


Why do you feel it isn't charging. Are you going off of a voltage ereadiing? I ask because if it is reading 12 v at the battery , Do not run it very long. The lower the voltage the higher the amps. An Alternator will ocweheat and self destruct if it is working at its high limit for 15 minutes or so. A heavy charge iis normal for 30 seconds or so to make up for the starting drain. But, should show a gradual rise within seconds. An alternator is for battery charge maintenance only and should never be used to charge a dead battery. A dead battery can an will over tax the alternator for too long. A defective battery will do the same thing and it is usually why you have to change the alternator in the first place. So, If your battery is dead or extremely lpw, it should be charged with a charger Do not put a new or rebuilt Aly. sgainst a possible bad battery. It costs nothing to have your batt load tested by a auto parts store. Good Luck=Ned-.

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Then your problem is either due to; Bad Voltage Regulator, or Bad Altenator.

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most auto parts stores like auto zone will test your battery free of charge. that would be the simplest way to test it. check the water level in it if it is a servicable battery.

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