1994 Mazda 323

Tiny
DABIG
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  • 1994 MAZDA 323
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 117,000 MILES
I replaced my alternator on my 94 mazda 323 because the charge light came on and I ran on battery. It dfrove for a bout 500 miles and it happened again. Lost all power. After about 5 monutes it started again and the charge light stayed off. Drove it a bit alter and it lost charge again. The battery is new
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Sunday, April 12th, 2009 AT 12:10 PM

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Tiny
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DaBig - Sounds like you have a ground problem or a short.

Batteries do not recover their charge in 5 minutes if they have been completely drained.

Check that the grounding locations on your engine block and chassis are clean and making good contact to steel/ no rust allowed. Check the battery for parasitic load with a volt meter, sometimes a stuck glovebox or trunk light can drain a battery overnight. Check the alternator for output.
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Monday, April 13th, 2009 AT 4:50 AM

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