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New alternator had battery checked reading 12.43 hooked up to car started battery reading 11.70

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the battery look like it's leaking? And does it have a strong smell -- like sulfur?

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2007 Lucerne 3,8 v6

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Newalternator had battery checked reading 12,40 volts

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Buick Mechanic: EricFromCT, ASE Certified Technician replied 6 months ago
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Buick Mechanic: EricFromCT, ASE Certified Technician replied 6 months ago

Do you have battery voltage at the red/black wire on the back of the alternator?

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Buick Mechanic: EricFromCT, ASE Certified Technician replied 6 months ago

The engine control module controls the charging of the alternator through 2 wires. The gray and the orange at the alternator. If the alternator is not charging then those 2 wires need to be checked for an open or high resistance. It is possible a bad engine computer but wiring faults are a lot more common.

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Customer reply replied 6 months ago
what should they read
Buick Mechanic: EricFromCT, ASE Certified Technician replied 6 months ago

You will not check for a voltage reading, since the engine computer sends out a varying voltage signal to the alternator for how much it wants to charge depending on input from the battery sensor. You need to disconnect the circuits at the alternator and at the engine computer, then check them with an ohm meter or load test each circuit by powering a bulb with the circuit.

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Buick Mechanic: EricFromCT, ASE Certified Technician replied 6 months ago

Have you made progress in checking your alternator?

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