chevy tracker battery not charging

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Mike

Kent, WA

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Jan 9, 2008
 
I have a 99 Chevy Tracker, I have had it for 3 year w/ very little trouble, till now. a few week ago the battery quit holding a charge or is not getting recharged by the alternator. had a new alternator put in and the battery checked two time both technically are working.

The first symptoms were the battery light would flicker on and off while driving. It would Idle very low while stopped at a red light but just as it seems it will stale the battery light would come on and it would idle normally. Also, if I drive it for 20 or so miles it will lose power, the wipers will slow and the car will die and the battery will need to be recharged.

Now, the battery light is not coming on any more but the car will still die and needs the battery recharged in order to drive 20 or less miles. I have taken it to two mechanics and they can,t figure out the problem. Does anyone have any ideas?
Juliette

Winfield, AL

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Jan 18, 2009
 
Did you ever find the problem? My 2001 is just starting with the same problems.
Dragon

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Feb 1, 2009
 
Did you ever find the problem? My 1998 has a new alternator AND new battery and still won't hold a charge.
gary

New Haven, CT

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Sep 4, 2009
 
same thing happened to me....99 tracker
DFB

Merritt Island, FL

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Nov 28, 2009
 
the same thing is happening to my 2000 4 dr with the 2.o engine..

new alt. new batt.

checked connections from main lead to the baattery ( good )

pulled the pig tail plug from the back of the alt. and passed 12 volts through it to check for it being scat, it also checked out good..

stumped, never seen anything quite like this in my life..

any help here from a tech, or garage guru would really be a bug help
Tommy Evans

North Richland Hills, TX

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Jun 15, 2010
 
2004 Chevy Suburban 5.3L

Started getting the "Battery Not Charging" light, along with the battery service light, and the Voltmeter would drop below the usual 14v.

At the oil change shop, they checked it and said the battery had a bad cell. Bought a new battery. The alternator checked out okay.

Went back because the light was still on, they checked the alternator again and said it was bad.(They wanted over $300 to replace it!) At this point, I'm wondering if they are just selling me stuff, so I went home and pulled the alternator.

Took it up to the local O'Reilly Auto Parts store and watched the guy test it 3 times. All passed.

Put it back on the car and thought maybe it was some sensor error, and the battery just needed to charge.

The next night, we drove it (BNC message still displaying) until the battery ran down and we had to jump it three times to get home.

Pulled the alternator again, and took it to Fort Worth Starter & Generator company - they rebuild alternators. It passed that test as well.

I'm talking to the tech and he said there's circuitry in the alternator, and the car has to "tell" the alternator (via an "exciter circuit" to actually send power to the batter.(Apparently, on the test bench the multipin cable is unplugged so the alternator always outputs voltage on the battery connector).

He recommended that I put it back on the car, charge the battery, and drive it up there (according to him, an car should run about 10 hours on a fresh charge with a bad alternator).

So I did.

It turns out, the alternator was bad, but it was in the circuitry and was only evident when they tested the unit on the vehicle.

So I bought a remfr. with a lifetime warranty ($149) at AutoZone and it's all fine now. By the way, they are extremely easy to replace for the DIYer.
LOUIE

Philadelphia, PA

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Jan 6, 2011
 
Mike wrote:
I have a 99 Chevy Tracker, I have had it for 3 year w/ very little trouble, till now. a few week ago the battery quit holding a charge or is not getting recharged by the alternator. had a new alternator put in and the battery checked two time both technically are working.
The first symptoms were the battery light would flicker on and off while driving. It would Idle very low while stopped at a red light but just as it seems it will stale the battery light would come on and it would idle normally. Also, if I drive it for 20 or so miles it will lose power, the wipers will slow and the car will die and the battery will need to be recharged.
Now, the battery light is not coming on any more but the car will still die and needs the battery recharged in order to drive 20 or less miles. I have taken it to two mechanics and they can,t figure out the problem. Does anyone have any ideas?
Yes you will have to run a new wire from the alt to the bat the wire go to shit in the harness so you have to replace it!! They don't make cars like they use to!!!
cliff

Albuquerque, NM

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Aug 2, 2013
 
had same problem changed belt tensioner week light never came on but was only showing 12 volt, never squealed but changed tensioner jumped to 14 volt.
Mike wrote:
I have a 99 Chevy Tracker, I have had it for 3 year w/ very little trouble, till now. a few week ago the battery quit holding a charge or is not getting recharged by the alternator. had a new alternator put in and the battery checked two time both technically are working.
The first symptoms were the battery light would flicker on and off while driving. It would Idle very low while stopped at a red light but just as it seems it will stale the battery light would come on and it would idle normally. Also, if I drive it for 20 or so miles it will lose power, the wipers will slow and the car will die and the battery will need to be recharged.
Now, the battery light is not coming on any more but the car will still die and needs the battery recharged in order to drive 20 or less miles. I have taken it to two mechanics and they can,t figure out the problem. Does anyone have any ideas?
cliff

Albuquerque, NM

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Aug 2, 2013
 
showed 12 volts battery and alternator were new and good. alternator light never came on. checked all wiring. change belt tensioner jumped back to 14 volts no more problem.
Ken

Newark, DE

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#10
Apr 23, 2014
 
I had simular problems and found out I needed a new battery harness,.
Guess what , they don't make them any more so I have to jury rig something up to work. What a crock of poop.

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