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JEEP LIBERTY BATTERY PROBLEM

2003 Jeep Liberty • 175,000 miles

P1492 code, battery light on. Replaced batt temp sensor and ecm. Still on not charging. Bench test on alternator shows good.
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Gee28396
April 2, 2013.




See if you have power at the main terminal of the alternator with the KEY OFF.

Wrenchtech
Apr 2, 2013.
There is a Battery Temp Sensor (BTS) in the bottom of the battery tray. The battery has to be removed in order to get to it. With the battery out of the way, the circular disk shaped sensor can be seen. You should be able to pull it up vertically with the connector and some of the wiring harness coming with it through the hole in the tray. If you are lucky, you won't have to remove the battery tray to get to the sensor wiring connector. Separate the sensor from the connector. The sensor is a thermistor, a resistor whose resistance varies fairly significantly due to temperature. Take the sensor to a location where the temperature is 75 - 80* and measure the resistance. A good sensor will have a resistance of 9,000 - 11,000 ohms.

If the resistance is not correct, replace the sensor. Because of the code and MIL, you probably should replace it anyway. An extra check before replacing it would be to check the voltage applied to the sensor. Connect a voltmeter across the terminals of the harness connector and turn the ignition key to the ON position. The voltage should be about 5 V. If that's not correct, then there is a problem in the connector or, worse still, the PCM.

The BTS is used to determine the battery temperature
and control battery charging rate.

Freemba
Apr 2, 2013.
If you read the question, he already replaced the temp sensor and the PCM.

Wrenchtech
Apr 2, 2013.
You're right 'wrenchtech." Perhaps it is a blown fuse or faulty relay (or disconnected wires somewhere in the circuit).

Freemba
Apr 3, 2013.
I was working on that when I asked him to test the fusible link.
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Wrenchtech
Apr 3, 2013.
Battery voltage at positive on alternator.

Tiny
Gee28396
Apr 3, 2013.
I assume that was with the engine off, right? If not, check it again.

Check fuse #26 in the engine compartment (15amp)

When you test for charging, you should be using a digital voltmeter across the battery. What voltage are you getting with the engine idling and no accessories on?

Wrenchtech
Apr 3, 2013.
Yes, engine was off.
Engine running no accessories on voltage across battery
Is 11.60, fuse is good

Tiny
Gee28396
Apr 3, 2013.
With your voltmeter attached to the battery, safely tap into the green wire going to the alternator and attach a jumper wire to it. Now with the engine idling and your voltmeter attached, momentarily ground that wire while watching the voltmeter and see if it starts to charge.

Wrenchtech
Apr 3, 2013.
No change in voltage

Tiny
Gee28396
Apr 3, 2013.

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