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84 camero not charging voltage drain?

i have a 84 camero z28 i have put a new battery and altenator in it and still seem to be having a problem with the battery staying charged. i can charge it and it runs great but the volt gauge reads 13 sometimes and sometimes its bottomed out. then the battery is just dead again?
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Re: 84 camero not charging voltage drain?

You should check to see what the output of the alternator is at the battery. Do not trust the dash gauge, since they tend not to be accurate. It sounds like if the battery is losing charge, there is a power drain somewhere. To locate the power drain, check all the accessories such as interior lights, cigarette lighter, radio, anything that has direct power from the battery. If you suspect a certain circuit, pull the fuse and see if the power drain stops. That is the best way to narrow the problem down.

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Re: 84 camero not charging voltage drain?

Using the above put a test light between the battery cable and the battery (cable unhooked) and pull one fuse at a time till the light goes out... then you found your problem.Trace circut till you find short.

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