Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Battery not keeping charge

asked by on

The battery isn't keeping a charge, and I just had two batteries replaced. The alternator tested good, and the cables on my battery are also good. The Battery Light and Gas Light also came on.

First, the battery and charging system would need to be checked again. The battery wiring from the battery needs to be checked all the way to, and from, the battery, starter, alternator, and fuse panel to look for corroded splices or connection, and repaired as needed. This vehicle may have a bad splice in the positive cable about a foot from the battery. Also, the negative battery cable ground to the body needs to be checked. I recommend having a mechanic, like one from YourMechanic, check your vehicle out for you, beginning with a the cause of your illuminated Battery Light.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

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: Engine turns over, doesn't start

Since this is a 1970 model, then you may have a problem with the ignition system or the carburetor not getting or giving fuel. The points in the distributor or the carburetor may be plugged. I recommend having a mechanic,...

Q: How do I add oil to my car?

If your vehicle is low on oil, you can add more. To do so, simply remove the cap to the oil filler, and add a small amount of oil. Check the dipstick to see where the level is, and repeat...

Q: Why does my '90 Chevy C1500 turn over but not start? I'm getting fuel and a spark.

Assuming the spark is adequate and fuel pressure is within specifications, an extremely worn out set of spark plugs may be the culprit. It could be a restricted exhaust system (i.e. a plugged catalytic converter) if you had a lack...

Related articles

What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...