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Battery won't charge. Replaced alternator, starter, battery, computer,and relay. Had wiring checked as well. Van still drains a fully charged battery in less than 20 mins. Had it looked at by 3 different mechanic over the past few weeks and they cannot find the problem. Any suggestions(besides burning it)?

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  • bdanyeur Sep 01, 2008

    I took alternator out,installed new brushes, and tested fine on high buck machine. I put in new alternator anyway, still not charging.  Wire harness is removed and all circuts tested for conductivity with no shorts found including fusable link. I pushed around alternator plug ins under revs.  Volt meter show only battery's voltage.  No charging happens.  Car is a 93 Thunderbird V6 non turbo.  I'm baffled. Bill

  • Anonymous Sep 01, 2008

    replaced alt, battery, Battery still goes dead in a few hours or else alt. is not charging.

  • nodebtforyou Sep 19, 2008

    98 ford windstar New battery and good alternator. battery will not recharge even when driven. Checking fuses but not sre which ones are critical to charging system.



  • kamala czymbor Oct 28, 2008

    Have this same problem what was the suggested solution to this.



    Thanks,

  • kamala czymbor Oct 28, 2008

    Have a 1998 Ford Windstar that will not hold charge have replaced battery, cables, aternator and starter and no luck what could be the problem?

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Check if alt is working disconnect battery cable when car is running...if stall then alternator problem...if not there is a break somewhere in the line. also is all wires connected or alternator grounded right? check for corrosion

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