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Old 12-05-2004, 15:54   #1 (permalink)
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1965 Mustang Battery Issues

My 1965 Mustang coupe, 289, had an unfortunate incident. I left the lights on over the weekend and arrived back at the car to find it completely dead. I had someone jump me and drove for a while, not long enough to get a decent charge, and shut off the car. The battery had not charged so i had another guy pop his hood for a jump. I being somewhat dull witted, hooked up the cables backwards! I know stupid! So the alternator started smoking! and I quickly unhooked the cabels. after examining the battery cabels, alternator, ect. I decided to try another jump. This time the car started right up! I drove the car home for about an hour and a half. Shut it off and it stated strong. After sitting for awile, no start. I tested battery and alternator, both were toast! I replaced both of them, and the car started fine. Again after a couple of hour of sitting, no start. Had the electrical system checked at a local auto parts store, and everything tested strong. No problems were found. Strange, so I checked and cleaned all electrical connections. And car started and drove fine for about a day (maybe 6 starts over a course of 8 hours). Anyone have any Ideas about this!? Do I have an electrical drain somewhere? Any advise would be greatly appreciated!
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Re: 1965 Mustang Battery Issues

How was the battery before leaving the lights on over the weekend? Were there any issues prior to this?

Battery might be on the way out??
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The battery was fine before I killed it. Note, I have replaced the battery and alternator scince I killed the old battery and alternator. I think I fried a wire somewhere, where would the most likely place to have melted a wire, ect. when hooking up jumper cables wrong? Where are the fusiable links on a '65 stang? Could that be the problem? I am thinking of just putting a battery disconect on the cable, because the car charges fine, but drains if left over night. Please help me!
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Might be a dud battery, even though it is new??

Have you checked with a multimeter to see how much current is being used whilst everything is off?
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Has it an external regulator? If so you may also have killed it. Check it.
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Yes it is equipped with an external voltage regularor, coulkd that be bad, and the car still start? I will CHeck that next. The new battery and alternator have tested ok, and the whole charging system has also been checked out as being ok.
I appreciate your help with this issue!
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Who checked the charging system; if they were good and the regulator was faulty they should have noticed.
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