My wife was driving our car three days ago when all of the sudden it just shut off with no warning. We got the car back home by charging the battery a few times and just drove on the battery power. Today I replaced the battery and did some tests to make sure everything was working. When I hooked the v.O.M. (Voltage ohm meter) to the battery I only got a reading of 12.22 with the car running. I then tested on the back of the alternator and got the same exact reading.
The fuse link looks good visually, and all fuses under the hood and inside the car test good, but it is still not charging. There is less than half an inch total play in the belt, but it does squeal for a few seconds when you first start the car. I do have a new belt for the alternator, but it is zero degrees here right now and I have no heated garage. The alternator was replaced in march and has a lifetime warranty, but it is a pain to remove.
The car stays running when you remove the positive cable from the battery. I cannot figure out what else there could be wrong with it, unless there is a break in the charge wire that goes back to the battery, or there is another fusible link somewhere in the charge loop? Please help me figure this out, and thank you for your time.
Wednesday, November 15th, 2017 AT 10:42 AM