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    I recently replaced my alternator (AC Delco) and put in a new battery last month. The car ran fine and I drove around a few days with no problems. After a week I drove to the store and noticed my "check gages" light come on again and I saw the battery level was in the red and slowly moving down. Luckily I turned around and just as I got to my driveway the car died on me. I have replaced the battery again and the car will start but the battery level is still not where it should be. I know I will have the same issue if I was to drive somewhere. Does anyone know what the problem could be? If not where should I take it to get a diagnostic, dealership maybe? Please PM me if you have any suggestions, thanks

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    If you have some basic handtools and a jack/jackstands take off the alternator and take it to an autozone/etc to have it check. Dealers will charge you out the ass to do anything. Willing to bet that the issue lies within the new alternator/wiring.

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    I agree with above, check the alt again, also ensure all connections are good and tight and clean at the battery and the alt.
    Why did you replace the Alt?
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    Check alt, grounds and take a look at cables to see if they are corroded inside.
    Sounds like it is not charging

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    I would go over those cables really well and look for corrosion or a loose connections. It's not unheard of to get a bad alt. right out of the box but I would check cables first.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunsetorangess View Post
    I agree with above, check the alt again, also ensure all connections are good and tight and clean at the battery and the alt.
    Why did you replace the Alt?
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    My stock alternator gave out after 125,000 miles. So I replaced it with an AC Delco.. It was hell uninstalling it and later putting it back on.

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    i had major issues with ACDelco. replaced my original alternator with a new ACDelco. went through 7 of them before i found the issue. the rotor inside the alternator wasn't made correctly and would walk just enough to cut the ground wire inside if i went above 5000 rpms.

    your alternator has quit working. which is why your battery died and when you put a new one in the gauge didn't go above 13 volts like it should when the alternator is working. have fun. personally exchange it for a different brand or a reman version.

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    Yepp i would go with another brand personaly, i havent had luck with too many delco products honestly. Bad alt's out of the box, batteries that just fall apart spilling acid all over the engine bay, etc etc...
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    Quote Originally Posted by mrr23 View Post
    i had major issues with ACDelco. replaced my original alternator with a new ACDelco. went through 7 of them before i found the issue. the rotor inside the alternator wasn't made correctly and would walk just enough to cut the ground wire inside if i went above 5000 rpms.

    your alternator has quit working. which is why your battery died and when you put a new one in the gauge didn't go above 13 volts like it should when the alternator is working. have fun. personally exchange it for a different brand or a reman version.

    Reman is a good version?

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    reman is short for remanufactured. they replace all of the electronics inside and keep the hard parts so long as they aren't broken. i put a reman on mine and haven't had ny issues since.

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    Quote Originally Posted by GOHOME! View Post
    2000 Camaro LS1. (375HP)

    I recently replaced my alternator (AC Delco) and put in a new battery last month. The car ran fine and I drove around a few days with no problems. After a week I drove to the store and noticed my "check gages" light come on again and I saw the battery level was in the red and slowly moving down. Luckily I turned around and just as I got to my driveway the car died on me. I have replaced the battery again and the car will start but the battery level is still not where it should be. I know I will have the same issue if I was to drive somewhere. Does anyone know what the problem could be? If not where should I take it to get a diagnostic, dealership maybe? Please PM me if you have any suggestions, thanks
    have you checked your ground wires? maybe they are loose not allowing the alt./battery to work properly. do you have the belt on correctly? if you got the alt. from autozone or advance auto, they sell remanufactured crap which often is bad, i bought a starter and had to take it back 4 different times because the reman. starter was bad.
    Last edited by gokillyourself; 05-20-2009 at 05:31 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by gokillyourself View Post
    have you checked your ground wires? maybe they are loose not allowing the alt./battery to work properly. do you have the belt on correctly? if you got the alt. from autozone or advance auto, they sell remanufactured crap which often is bad, i bought a starter and had to take it back 4 different times because the reman. starter was bad.
    I bought the alternator from X-Parts. It's an AC Delco, supposed to be better than the remans from Autozone. I'll check the grounds to see if I have a possible short.

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    If it wasn't charging, you replaced the alt and it is still not charging it is a pretty good bet the problem is with the wiring.

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    reread, it says he drove it for a week afterwards.

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