Having problems with your 1998 Plymouth Breeze ?

Battery charge light comes on a few minutes after car starts

\015 1998 plymouth breeze , 2,4 engine, Stopped charging the battery. I changed the alternator and the battery. NOW car starts and runs , even when I disconect battery car runs , but battery charging light still comes on a few minutes after car was started. Why is that ????\015\012Thanks in advance\015\[email protected]\015 Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 17-12-2018

Answers :

Couple of things to check, first this may be nothing more than a belt that has loosened or stretched after the install.There should only be about a quarter of an inch stretch in the belt between pulleys. Caution - only check with engine stopped!!! The alternator causes a strong resistance when it is producing electric power, so slippage is to be checked first. Second, if the battery light comes on and off; it maybe acting in error. Get a multi-meter and check the battery voltage with car and ignition shut off. With the meter set on 12volt bat, place the black probe on the negative side of battery or ground and the red probe on the positive side of battery. If you get a reading of 12.66 v the battery is being charged and is full. If you get 12.45 you have a 50% charged battery. If less the alternator wiring needs further checking into as there maybe issues with wiring or the alternator itself. Hope this helps.
There are a couple of small/thin wires that are on the alternator. One will be for the field the other is for the idiot light. I would guess that one of those wires got damaged when the alt. was replaced or was weak and when they were touched they failed. If you find nothing wrong then pul the alt. back out and have it bench tested.
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