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Alternator doesn't charge brand new battery but no codes or

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alternator doesn't charge brand new battery but no codes or trouble light even though dash trouble lights show on accessory mode no OBD2 codes showing
2005 ford focus 2L PZEV
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Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago
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Hi Im David. First thing you need to do is read the voltage at the large cable on the alternator. it should be around 14.4 volts dc......let me know what you get. thanks

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
How do I get to it? I can see two large wrapped cables coming up maybe from the alternator but they are not bare.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
When car is running voltage at battery with cables connected is only whatever battery has.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

the cable to the alternator will probably have a rubber protective cover over the terminal to keep moisture off of it, you can just stick the meters probe right through it. if the battery voltage is only 12-12.5 while running. then your alternator is bad. or the cable between the alternator and battery is bad. that is why its very important to check voltage at the alternator

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I can't get to the alternator terminals. I have no lift.
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Why no codes? Why no warning light when running?
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Can I monitor alternator voltage with OBD2?
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

you wont have a code for a bad alternator. but you should have some kind of battery light that comes on........

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I have zero trouble light or warning light when running car, although my trouble lights DO work.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

no , you can only monitor battery voltage

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
I don't have smart phone to tap here.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

when you turn the key to the on position and all the indicator lights come on, is one of them saying batt or alt?

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Just type on website, please.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

????

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Sure, when I just turn the switch key to on the trouble lights show, including the batter +-
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Why don't I get an alternator/battery light while running??????????????????
Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Will disconnecting battery terminal while car is running determine if alternator is charging or not? When I disconnect either post, engine dies instantly telling me alternator is not charging new battery. However, WHY NO LIGHTS ON DASH????
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

I am looking that information up right now

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
You haven't sent me any message on my phone except that you have responded.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

what are you talking about? im not sending any messages on anyones phone..............i would like you to look in the fuse box in the engine compartment there should be a 10 amp fuse for the alternator im trying to find out how it is labeled

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
Neither of my car manuals say alternator fuse. I even have shop repair manual, and it doesn't in either fuse area, inside car or engine, anything to do with charging or alternator.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

it probably says something else like batt 1 or batt 2...im trying to find out

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
There is no batt1 or batt2 fuse or relay.
Ford Mechanic: David Craig, Auto Mechanic replied 1 year ago

ok. it should say generator

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Customer reply replied 1 year ago
We found a good bat sense 1 amp fuse that was goodl
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