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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old Aug 23rd, 13, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

My GF pulled into the driveway the other evening after a 20 mile drive with very dim headlights, the stereo going wacky and the dash battery light on. After she shut it off, it would barely crank - depleted battery, 11.7 volts measured at the posts.

I was too tired to do anything but put a charger on it and left it overnight @ 2 amps. This morning it fired right up, no batt light, runs perfectly. Belt is tight, and a steady 14.6 @ the batt posts with the engine running.

I suspect a failing alternator.

All opinions welcomed and appreciated!!

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Re: 1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

Either the alt as you suggest or R&R the alternator fuse as corrosion may have formed.
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Re: 1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

Al, I am not sure. Could be alternator or battery. I would suspect alternator first.

But checking for corrosion on all connections is also a good idea. That could cause the symptoms too.

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Re: 1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

Symptoms sound like the alternator. I put a new alternator on my wife's '99 Accord last year. It was acting similar to yours.

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Re: 1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

Thanks for the help guys. Replaced the alternator and the belt, all seems good. Makes one appreciate working on an old Chevy.


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Re: 1990 Honda Accord Charging Problem

Good deal. I am glad it was a fairly simple fix.

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