Why does the battery keep going dead and the battery light stay on?
The battery is new, but about once a week the battery is dead. The alternator output is about 14.4v and maintains the voltage under load, but the battery light remains on.
The voltage output of the alternator may be good but what about the amperage? If the amperage isn't up to specs the light will stay on and the battery will keep going dead. HTH. -Jim
Jim, I assume I could check that with an amp meter? I was considering replacing the alternator, but the cost is high for an uneducated guess. Also, it seems to be a difficult replacement.
Yes, check it with an amp meter. Just remember that you're dealing with DC amps. HTH. - Jim
you could also do a quick check by starting the vehicle and with it running disconnect the negative battery cable the unit should stay running but if it dies replace the alternator
Don't do that! That test was for old time cars not equipped with computerized electronics. -Jim
Thanks Jim, I was just about ready to try it. I'll do the amp check in the morning. I'm not sure the specs on this alt. 90, 120???
You're welcome. I once made that mistake and wound up replacing every exterior light bulb on my '70 Catalina! The amperage rating should be stamped on the outside of the alternator. HTH. -Jim
Would the battery cables cause this concern? Like a bad chassis ground?
Yes it could. -Jim
Thanks again Jim. I removed the alt and had it tested at Advance, they claimed it was good but the results f
Thanks again Jim. I removed the alt and had it tested at Advance, they claim it was good but the results didn't show amps??? I chose to buy one and installed a 125 amp one and the battery warning shut off. I assume the problem is corrected. Thanks for the help.
You're welcome. Glad to help. Also very glad you fixed it! Thanks for letting us know. -Jim
Thank you for the best answer click as well! -Jim
thank you as well for letting us know about not disconnecting battery cable while car is running on newer cars, I have done it a quite a few times glad I didn't fry anything trying it.
You're welcome. Glad to help. -Jim
HELP PLEASE My 01 venture is doing the same thing I changed the alternator and the battery decided to ride to AC everything was fine until I started it to go to the store and it started soon as I turn on the road it shut down I restart it and shuts down again PLEASE HELP
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