1997 Dodge Caravan battery light will not go off

Tiny
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  • 1997 DODGE CARAVAN
  • 6 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 288,000 MILES
My 97 dodge caravan battery light keeps coming on and then dies shortly after I have replaced the alternator most of the wires the battery the computer the belt and other little things and yet still the battery light comes on and dies we think we got it fixed runs for a short period of time and then again does the exact same thing it also backfires before it dies
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Saturday, October 30th, 2010 AT 2:04 PM

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Tiny
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Do you have a multimeter to do some testing?
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Saturday, October 30th, 2010 AT 3:54 PM
Tiny
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I have a innova 3320
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Saturday, October 30th, 2010 AT 4:08 PM
Tiny
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Alright fully charge the battery start it up and see what the voltage read's at idle at the battery cable's. Let me know what you find.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 12:46 AM
Tiny
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Ok I checked the voltage and it went from 12.85 to 11.73 and is falling as van runs. Here is my number if u want to text 5158224444. Now that van has been running for about 3 min. And battery light has come on voltage level now. Is 10.63 and falling fast!
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 9:52 AM
Tiny
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Is now 9.88 and still falling!
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 9:54 AM
Tiny
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I just shut van off voltage now reads 11.33 and rising
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 9:56 AM
Tiny
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It says 11.65 now.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 9:58 AM
Tiny
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Voltage rased all the way up to 11.84 as of right now
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:02 AM
Tiny
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It's at 11.92 10:04 pm cst. And I'm restarting van. It clicks like battery's dead and voltage metter goes down to 800 then 500's and now just got it to start! And it reads 9.83
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:06 AM
Tiny
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And falling!
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:07 AM
Tiny
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I'm thinking a wire is grounded out some where! That sound about right to u?
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:08 AM
Tiny
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Or maybe the wires coming off the alt. Are bad.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 10:55 AM
Tiny
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Did you have the new alternator tested before you installed it?I always do in case it's bad so I don't chase my tail by installing a bad alternator. Also fully charge your battery. With the key off at the black and grey wire on the alternator you should have battery voltage. Also at your dark green and orange wire at the alternator you should have battery voltage. Let me know what you find.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 4:22 PM
Tiny
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I figured it out there is a short in between the feed to alt. And the batt. Thanks though.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 4:44 PM
Tiny
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Glad to here you go it figured out.
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Sunday, October 31st, 2010 AT 4:50 PM

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