Car Questions
RepairPal is your advocate for car care advice and guidance

Electrical issue

(2000 Suzuki Esteem)
in Lexington, KY on November 12, 2010
My Suzuki Esteem wagon has run into an electrical issue. I replaced the battery and it ended up getting drained. I replaced the alternator but it is not charging. Any other ideas to what part of the electrical system is acting up? It has about 123,00 miles.
Displaying 2 answers & 0 comments
Popular Answer
on November 12, 2010
Did you check ALL of your fuses, because there are a few that are vital to the Charging System? When I look at the wiring diagram for you Charging System on your Suzuki, I see that the Charge Indicator Light is in the Charging circuit ( typical ) so make SURE that that bulb comes on when you turn on your key and before you start the engine, then it should go out after you start the engine. If this does not work as I describe, then your Charging System will not Charge at all!
Another thing to be aware of is when you check your battery while the engine is running, it should read about 14.1 volts, if it does then the Charging System is working. If the Battery keeps going dead, it may be 2 other things, a parasitic drain, meaning that something electrical is not shutting off when you turn off the key, this will keep draining your battery while your car sits or you could have a defective battery. I just replaced a brand new battery in a car, that was 2 weeks old. Once in a great while, you get a brand new Battery that has a defect. If after all of thee checks, the Charging System will not work, maybe you better take your car to a shop and have a Pro Technician inspect the problem, you may have a wiring problem or even a defective new Alternator, yes I have seen that happen as well on more that 1 occasion.
on April 21, 2015
Did you figure out what was wrong with the car? I have the same problem...
RepairPal estimates are guaranteed at over 2,000 quality certified locations nationwide. Learn more

Similar Questions

View answers to similar questions from RepairPal's community of auto experts and enthusiasts.
First time this has ever happened. No strange sounds heard. No noticeable decrease in volume. Just total silence from...
The engine sometimes will not start and has to be jumped. The engine starts when jumped. The battery checks out as f...
Didn't find what you were looking for?