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Join Date: Jun 2002
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Re: Car won't start..
if the battery is flat it will fail the load test even if its still good.
check that your alternator belt is tight (sometimes they slip but are not noisy, resulting in lack of output from the alternator) and check that the nut that holds the charge wire on the back of the alternator is tight and clean.
if that is all OK then jump start your car and put a multimeter across the two battery terminals and check charge voltage, then put the positive lead on the back of the alternator and the neg on the battery, there should only be about .2V difference, if its more it means your charge wire is stuffed.
if the charge rate is less than 13.9 or so volts then your alternator is stuffed.
also remember that once a lead/acid battery has gone dead flat it is never the same, and the more times it is de-charged the worse it gets, to the point it will be useless, even if it is only new.
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