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one wire alternator

I have a one wire alternator on 350 Chevy V8 in a 57 Belair. After charging the battery and running the car for about an hour the battery will run down. Changed the alternator but no difference. ...
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Connecting to the Battery During Emissions Testing to Measure RPMs?

When doing emissions testing, they connect to the battery, either directly, or using the cigarette lighter socket. I'm assuming that this is to measure the RPMs, as the only other thing connected ...
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98 jeep wrangler 4- cylinder charging problems

My jeep check engine light came on. My volt meter went to 0.1. I changed the alternator and it worked for about 10 seconds and it went out. I installed another one and it did the same thing!!! What ...
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Can you charge an electric motorcycle at an electric car charging station?

Do electric motorcycles and cars use the same type of chargers? Can we charge a Zero motorcycle at a Tesla supercharger station? How about at an electric car parking?
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Motorcycle won't turn over immediately after a pit stop

Motorcycle: 1980 Honda CB900 Custom. After refilling the battery with distilled water, getting it charged and letting the motorcycle sit for a few days... I then went for a ride yesterday. The ...
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How can you optimise the rate at which your electronic devices will charge in the car (fast in-car charging)?

Like many people who use their car regularly, I like to charge my phone when I'm driving so that it isn't flat with I get to wherever I'm going. I know that some computers have a fast charge port ...
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2001 Jeep Cherokee sport check gauges light

Jeep quit at stop sign and left wife stranded man im in the Dog House. Question: any thoughts off the cuff for me? Last week check guages light came on charging gauge dropped all the way negative ...
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Radio and Charging Outlet Stopped Working

I have a 2000 Honda Accord V6 LX. The radio was working yesterday and the charging outlet was working earlier today, but now neither are. Did some research and I'm assuming it could be a blown fuse. ...
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Charging circuit

I have a motorhome and tow my car behind. Since I have to leave the car in accessory mode so the steering wheel is unlocked, the battery doesn't last a long time. I want to run a DS line from the ...
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Battery light on after new alternator

Car: 2003 Honda Civic Si G1Wh dash cam, 400w amp, 4300k HIDs My alternator failed badly (stereo cutting off), no battery light. Replaced it with a reman Duralast, battery light is on. It shows 14.5v ...
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charge socket on a Fuel Cell car

I was looking into Toyota Mirai and Huyndai Tuscon Fuel Cell cars and thought to myself wouldn't it be great if I can charge a car when there is not enough juice to make it to the nearest hydrogen ...
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Charging a spare car battery with my car

I need to hook up a 1000W inverter inside my van. I can't hook it up directly to my cigarette lighter because the lighter only gives about 100W-120W. I want to pick up a separate deep cycle battery ...
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Can a conventional car be used to charge an electric car?

A friend who drives a Leaf recently came very close to running out of charge, which prompted another friend to ask if it was possible to "jumpstart" a Leaf from another car. Obviously you couldn't do ...
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Weird charging issue

I have a 2005 Honda Odyssey that I changed the battery on about a month ago. I was a little paranoid that I might also have a charging problem so I've been keeping a little voltmeter plugged into the ...
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Will an auxiliary battery hurt a vehicle's alternator?

I am going to be road tripping and living out of my SUV for a while. I need a way to power a tiny portable cooler/fridge 24/7 and would like to be able to power my cell phone, laptop, and maybe a few ...
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Electric car charging - what types of chargers are used, and how many of each?

I am an Engineer, at a company that provides transportation related products and solutions. Recently I was asked to design an EV car charging station. I quickly realized that car charging lacks ...
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voltage regulator overcharging?

Does a voltage regulator keep/ensure that the voltage at the battery is always approx. 14.5 or does it make the voltage from the alt. bypass the battery when it is fully charged so it does not ...
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Jumping car with too many amps?

Is it bad to jump your car with too many amps (i.e., with a 1000 amp jumper vs. a 400 amp jumper)? Or does the car regulate how many amps it will take? EDIT: I was told 400 amps is enough for most ...
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Daiwoo Kalos engine squeal on ignition

There is a short squealing noise (sounds like a belt maybe?) when I start the engine, but not every time. It's been happening for a few weeks now. Last week my battery was dead so I replaced it, could ...
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What's an acceptable battery power drop on light load?

After an overnight rest in the warm weather (above 16 degC), unlocking my 2008 Jetta 2.5L SE, my OEM battery with the minimal "welcome" electronics -- remote open of the driver door a few seconds ...
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Is it possible to charge car battery through cigar lighter socket?

I plan to modify my SUV into a camping car. Can I charge my car battery through cigar lighter socket with a 13.6 voltage when my engine is off? Also, can I power the air conditioning compressor and ...
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Jeep electrical/charging problem

I have an electrical problem with my 96 Jeep Grand Cherokee. The alternator whines and the battery gauge drops to zero. I put a new battery in and a new alternator and it didn't fix the problem. any ...
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Ventilation of batteries

i have two 180 Varta Sealed FLA 12v batteries in my stable block which are charged by a 240kw solar panel on the roof to provide lighting to the stables. The batteries are in the feed room and we ...
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Can I safely upgrade to an AGM battery?

AGM batteries are capable of being charged at a faster rate, and may draw additional amperage from the alternator if it is not regulated. Many cars that come with AGM batteries have special charge ...
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Can a bad battery damage voltage regulator?

I have a '91 Ford Sierra Saphire 2.0 OHC (pinto). Have been struggling with having no charge for weeks now. I've tried two different alternators, had one of them completely rebuilt by a professional, ...
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how fast does the alternator charge the battery?

It would appear that the common word of wisdom is that car alternators provide 50A of output. I actually looked at the supposed specs for my 2008 Jetta 2.5L on the internet -- a compact car -- and it ...
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how do i know if my lead-acid battery has been resurrected?

The OEM battery in my 2008 Jetta SE 2.5L has been nearly fully discharged one month back (had insufficient surface charge after a prolonged use without the engine running, but leaving it idle for 20 ...
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would a sulfated discharged 12V battery charge at 12.5V?

I got a Stanley FATMAX RE-CHAGEiT 8AMP Automatic Battery Charger & Maintainer from Walmart for 29,97 USD, which appears to have three states of charging the battery -- detecting the voltage, rapid ...
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Charging batteries thru cigarette lighter

The answer to this may be so obvious that I'm almost too embarrassed to ask; however, here goes: I have a high-end battery charger for my car which charges through the cigarette lighter receptacle. I ...
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Hyundai Accent Diesel 2002 alternator works on day but not when headlights are on

I have purchased Hyundai Accent diesel 2002 four cylinder from my savings .. its start every morning but not at night when the car's headlights are on. I couldn't start it after one or two attempt . ...
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2007 Chevy Aveo - battery, alternator, or something else?

I bought this car when it had 120,000 miles on it, a few weeks ago, for a grand from my friend who sold it to me with the caution that it had a few issues. I am a novice driver and needed a car to get ...
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Can the Chinese EV BYD E6 charge at Tesla charging station?

I am just wondering, are there any customers of this exotic brand, especially in the US? And btw can any other EV (e.g. Nissan Leaf, Toyota RAV4 EV) charge at Tesla's fast charging stations?
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How do I charge an AGM battery?

Not a one that's completely dead, but say an AGM battery that's at 75% and I want to top it off before trying to use it again. Can I use a regular lead acid battery charger? Do I have to worry about ...
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Is any power from the alternator 'free'?

Cars generally (and specifically a Honda Accord 2002) are not very energy-efficient. Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? ...