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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 04, 04:48 AM Thread Starter
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This is really frustrating me. [img]graemlins/angry.gif[/img] I have to carry a battery charger and a 100ft extension cord everywhere with me. I cant get the battery to charge. My alternator has three plugs. One on the back and two next to eachother on the top. The one on the back goes to my battery, as well as one of the plugs on the top. The other plug on top goes to my electric choke. Somebody please help me!
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 04, 06:31 AM
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If you mean that it wont hold a charge, that usually means that it has an internal short and is toast. I had this happen to a brand new battery once.

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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 04, 07:30 AM
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You have three connectors? Is one a stud with a nut on it, and the other two are male spade terminals inside a rectangular opening on the back of the alternator? This is how a standard externally regulated Alternator is arranged.

If this is the type of alternator you have then the connector with the stud is the alternator output to the battery and the rest of the car. The other is the field and stator connections from the voltage requlator, there is usually an S and an F cast into the housing telling you which is which. Neither of these terminals are supposed to be connected directly to the battery, or to a choke heater. It should be connected to a connector with a white and blue wire in it that comes from the voltage regulator on the radiator support. Assuming you have a standard alternator it's no wonder your battery is dead as your alternator isn't working at all with those connections.

Even if it has some other extra terminals for you to power a choke heater off of, if you have the choke wired directly to the battery it's hot all the time. That means your draining your battery to power the choke heating coil all the time. That alone will kill your battery. Chokes have to be powered thru the ignition switch.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old Mar 11th, 04, 01:57 PM
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Mark, you get the e-mail I sent?

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