Q: Q: Alternator not charging battery

asked by on

I was told that I have a bad wire that's causing my alternator to not charge my battery.

It sounds like one of your cables is corroded or shorted out. If the connection is not strong between the alternator and battery the car will die while driving and be unsafe. Until the repair is performed, caution is recommended. A qualified technician from YourMechanic can diagnose the cable issue and perform the repair.

Was this answer helpful?
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details
  1. Home
  2. Questions
  3. Q: Alternator not charging battery

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Q: Key not turning

The key itself needs to be checked to see if it's worn out by using an alternate key. If the different key works okay, then the key should be replaced. If both keys will not turn the ignition, the key...

Q: Q: Oil consumption

The only way that an engine can lose oil is to leak or burn it. I would recommend having the engine inspected for leaks to determine if any exist. If any leaks exist, I would recommend having them replaced. Common...

Q: While I'm driving the accelerator disengages and it won't accelerate with the gas pedal pressed all the to the floor.

This loss of accelerator control is a built in safety feature of the vehicle computer and can render the throttle inactive if it sees a problem in a major component or loses communication with the throttle sensor. I have even...

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...
P2428 OBD-II Trouble Code: Exhaust Gas Temperature Too High Bank 1
P2428 code definition A P2428 trouble code signifies that the PCM has detected a problem in the exhaust gas temperature sensor circuit in bank 1, which subsequently contains the number one...