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Urgent: Battery Not Charging

Old 06-19-2004, 11:02 PM
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Car: '87 TurboII



Problem: My car refuses to charge its battery at all, even after an hour of driving. The battery is new, but hasn't been ruled out as the problem. I checked the alternator by disconnecting the negative battery cable and the car ran fine, but it stumbled a little when I turned the lights on, so I think the voltage regulator may be shot, but IMO, it should still charge the battery.



So, since I need to get this car back to Iowa on Monday, list off anything you think could keep my battery from charging.
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Old 06-19-2004, 11:13 PM
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Battery cables, alternator, regulator, elves or gremlins.... and of course a hex or curse.
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Old 06-19-2004, 11:13 PM
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alt is #1, battery #2, connections #1!



you might wanna clean the battery terminals and the 2 wires on the underhood fusebox that go to the main fuse
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Old 06-19-2004, 11:30 PM
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I'm going to get the battery charged/tested tomorrow, and also replace the terminals. The previous owner did a bunch of wiring, so that'll be fun to check.
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Old 06-20-2004, 12:55 AM
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one time my gounding bolt on the strut wasn't tight..........
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Old 06-20-2004, 03:21 AM
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Make sure the two wire plug in the back is fully connected/ or been cut off by old age. When you switch the ignition key to on, does the idiot lights light up or not?



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Old 06-21-2004, 01:52 AM
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The only idiot light we've seen so far was the washer fluid light, and the brake light when the e-brake is pulled.



We put a new battery and terminals on there today and all is well so far, but there are still some problems with voltage drops. We'll have to check that out when we get a chance....Kelly is very anxious to help work on this car.





Oh, and it's fast...



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Old 06-21-2004, 09:09 AM
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cool! i think carlos is on the right track, the 2 wires in the rear of the alt
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Old 06-21-2004, 11:33 AM
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my T2 charges fine but as soon as the cars off, it eats voltage for some reason. it wont keep a charge for more than a few minutes. somethin is really eatin up my juice.
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Old 06-21-2004, 12:12 PM
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We'll check Carlos' suggestion before we head out...thanks guys.
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