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Your battery was dead. In many cars, when the battery can't provide enough cranking amps, you will hear a clicking instead of the normal starting sound. The starter battery draws a lot of current. When that happens, the voltage available to the rest of the system drops dramatically, especially if the battery is weak. That's why your clock reset itself. ...


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Most of the time a ground loop is the cause of this problem. This problem is common especially if your stereos speakers are amplified, and can be fixed my making sure that your stereo unit and/or amplifier have a good ground connection. This can be done by either finding a more direct ground connection to the cars frame, sanding the area around your ground ...


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Since you have a battery which isn't that old (most batteries have about a five year life span), I'd suggest you put it on a charger and try to recharge it. This will allow the battery to come back to full charge without putting an undue stress on your alternator. You have to decide if the time spent in recharging the battery is worth your time. To me, ...


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Given all the inefficiencies, is it "free" to plug in, say, a smartphone into a car to charge while I am driving? Short answer: no (but it's so hard to measure the impact that it be hard for you to tell). Remember, the alternator has to power everything connected to the electrical system. Charging the battery is a big load at first but drops off as ...


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No. Your 12V socket is designed to deliver 12V, at a current described in your car manual. Most of my 12V sockets in the car can deliver up to 5A apparently (haven't tested this though, but I run a 200W invertor when I go car-camping. It is handy for everything) The worst that can happen is if your invertor tries to draw more than the 12V socket is fused ...


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An insufficiently-charged battery would explain what you're seeing: the unresponsive throttle is because the throttle is electronically-actuated (at least that's what eBay reckons) Not sure about the Sentra, but airbag and engine oil lights can turn on due to insufficient voltage the engine will stall because the fuel injectors need electricity to ...


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First off, you may want a 2nd opinon on the alternator. If both battery and alternator are good, then its either a wiring or ECU problem. Check the contacts on the battery terminals/connectors to make sure they're not loose, dirty, or corroded. Then follow the ground wire (the black one) back to the chassis of the car to make sure it has a solid ground..


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Measuring the state-of-charge of a lead-acid battery is non-trivial. The easiest way is to use a voltmeter. You'll need a digital meter with 3 1/2 digits of precision. Let the battery rest, disconnected, for 24 hours. Then measure the voltage across the terminals. According to http://www.phrannie.org/battery.html, anything over 12.60V is at least 85% ...


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I would think the alternator is the culprit, You can take your car down to an Advance Auto Parts, O'Reilly, Autozone (or the like) where they will test it for free. They can also check your battery, which may be the culprit, but I doubt it. It sounds like the internal regulator is going out (or you might have lost one or more diodes) on the alternator. ...


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Yes for the most part an AGM is a drop in replacement for your standard Lead Acid Battery. The charging voltages are almost identical. You are correct that they have a lower internal resistance and can be charged at a much faster rate. This shouldn't cause a problem on the majority of vehicles as the wiring in the car is designed to handle the maximum rated ...


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You should not incur any issues using a secondary battery with a battery isolator. It will not cause any damage to your alternator. For your edification, it won't be using wasted energy, but your engine will probably using a tad more gas to operate the alternator, which will have to do more work. On a side note, you might want to rethink exactly what you ...


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I don't think you are likely to "put undue stress on the alternator." It is a myth in my opinion that alternators can't handle charging a battery, Alternators are literally motors run in reverse and are designed to handle a lot of current. The only issue with charging a batter is it will get a bit warmer than usual and that shouldn't effect it as long as it ...


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Lead sulfate crystals form on the battery plates as the battery discharges. As the battery becomes more discharged the crystals go from being soft and fluffy to much harder. Recharged in time, the lead sulfate is converted back into sulfuric acid and lead. A month is entirely too long for a battery to remain discharged. Reversing a serious sulfation ...


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In an alternator there are two major components; the stator and the rotor. The rotor has a coil wound on it. By applying a current to that coil a magnetic field is formed and then spinning the rotor electricity is excited in the stator. Because the rotor needs to spin while mainaining electrical contact for the coil slip rings are used. There are ...


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Probably not, but maybe in some circumstances. I've had 4 alternator failures in my life. 1) Toyota MR2 - Alternator diode blew up (big bang and smoke) while driving on the expressway. No prior warning. Just BANG! and was suddenly on battery. 2) Toyota MR2 - Alternator casing broke causing the alternator to bind up and jam (with loud scraping and ...


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Generally, the alternator provides enough power to run the car, even without a battery present. If your car stops as soon as the battery is disconnected, then you have a problem in the charging circuit. If you're 100% certain that the alternator is good, then something else is preventing the power from getting to the electrical system. If the charging ...


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This is actually much simpler than that chart implies. Don't worry about ohms per thousand feet - for a four foot length this will be very very low. What is more important is the maximum current a wire is rated to. So here the question is whether you will want the OO gauge as it is rated to 190A in the power transmission column, or the 2 gauge as it is ...


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It will have to be fixed before you drive it very far. If the battery light is on the alternator is not charging, your not going to make it very far before the battery goes dead. Your local parts store will be able to test the alternator on the car, most if not all will do it for free. Based on the battery light I am confident it's the alternator, but ...


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To add to Zaids answer. A cheap meter from RadioShack will tell you if something is wrong with your power system. A normal car battery will be at 14.4 volts (+-.75v) when on. 7.10V is not normal and indicates a problem. As for your gas petal, not accelerating is a necessary safety feature implemented by all manufactures that use digital throttles. ...


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If you have a volt meter that you can connect to the battery you will be able to check the alternator. Before starting the engine, check the battery voltage, it will probably be a little over 12v. Now start the engine and turn on your headlights to draw some power. If the alternator is working, the battery voltage should now be between 13.8 and 14.4 ...


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For anyone who has similar issues I had a similar issue however I don't think it was exactly same. I tried the steps in the accepted answer with no success. Research on my own I tried different phones and noticed that some would have the static at low volumes and other would not. I looked online and sometimes the phone can cause this to happen. How I ...


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A modern Toyota will stop the engine when the battery is bad, it's a safeguard. Replacing the battery should fix the problem.


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I found a repair/rebuild guide for the CS130 alternator. Page 5 contains the following: SLIP RING SERVICING It the slip rings are dirty, they may be cleaned and finished with 400 grain or finer polishing cloth. Spin the rotor and hold the polishing cloth against the slip rings until they are clean. CAUTION: The rotor must be rotated in order ...


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Alternators aren't built for one engine so the manufacturer can't possibly know the gearing / ratio between the alternator and the engine. Therefore the RPM listed in the spec will be the RPM for the alternator. To calculate the alternators RPM you will need to find the diameter of the alternator pully [a] and the one connected to (presumably) the ...


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You should do a load test on your battery and see if you have a damaged cell. If this is not the case, check for a parasitic draw test on your vehicle, which basically tells you if something is on and draining your battery.


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No. You could probably fix a broken one by rebuilding it but I doubt it is easy to up the amperage value. You would have to replace the coils with higher windings I doubt you could do this in the average garage. Worth looking into I guess but I wouldn't hold your breath.


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So, bear with me on this and maybe I can help. Mind you, none of what I'm going to say is going to be easy to do, but that is because your issue is not an easy one to solve. The main problems I see here with any solution is alignment and distance from any mounting point I can discern. My main thought here is you need to get the alternator connected back to ...


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Magnetos are used to provide spark to spark plugs in an engine that does not require electronic fuel injection and variable valve timing. Or more accurately: a magneto can be used in the case where you simply need to fire spark plugs and not much else. They're simpler than alternators and thus more reliable, but a magneto the size of an alternator won't be ...


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It has been my experience that a battery has what I call a "rebound". After a large draw is put on it, such as the lights for a period of time, it loses some of it's peak power. Then when the draw is taken off and left to sit, it rebounds and regains some of its energy. This may have given you enough juice to get your car started. I don't have a scientific ...


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Depending on the design of your car, the engine mounts may have been removed during the alternator removal and replacement so any damage may now show up. Alternatively, if the alternator previously wasn't working and is now drawing on the vehicles RPM to charge the batter, the idle may have dropped (which could account for the vibration). If the vibration ...



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