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2008 Chevrolet Equinox Question: change alternator
Answer #1patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, January 11, 2011, 22:09Master
Turn on the ignition switch to the on but not run position do you see an icon on the instrument panel representing a battery, if you do not see this battery icon the alternator is not seeing power to allow it to charge. Start the engine does the battery icon go out. . Put a volt meter across the battery terminals with the engine off, at rest the battery voltage should be 12.6 volts if the battery is fully charged. Now get a friend to start the car while you watch the voltmeter, the voltage reading across the battery should read approximately 14.6 volts if the alternator is charging correctly.
Parasitic draw (an electrical load staying on when the key is off) can drain a battery over night. A bad battery can just not hold a charge over night.
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