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Why is our electrical system down in our car even after recharging the batter that is fully charged now?

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If your alternator is out the system will not function correctly. Do you or any one you know have a meter? Another clue is to leave one battery terminal loose and start car and then remove it. If the car is the alternator.

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It sounds to me like your alternator decided to give up the ghost. The battery did not have any voltage because there was probably just barely enough power to get the engine started. Then when the voltage got low enough, your onboard computers could no longer function properly and the engine died. However, the battery continued to discharge because the ignition switch was on and all of the systems were still TRYING to operate. Yes, this will cause the entire electrical system to shut down....No battery power causes everything to stop operating. Without the alternator, there is no way for the battery to get recharged.

What you must do is to recharge the battery and test it to make sure it is not dammaged or shorted. Also relace the battery if it does not test good when it is fully charged (many times, a shorted battery cell is what causes an alternator to go bad). The alternator is definately not working, because it would have kept the engine running even if the battery was bad.

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