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Old 08-16-2011, 10:54 PM   #1
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Car not staying charged

So I installed auto meter gauges to replace the factory cluster and now the car makes a beeping noise when u turn the key to start the car and will run until the battery drains and will shut off...the alternator is gd but its not charging the battery...any ideas?
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Old 08-16-2011, 11:19 PM   #2
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Re: Car not staying charged

While the car is running it will drain the battery and die? or while its off with key on?
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Old 08-17-2011, 05:00 AM   #3
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You don't need the battery to run a car only start battery is just there to start. Alternator may be good but you could have a wiring problem . You should be able to start car and unhook battery . Check ur wiring coming from the alt
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It drains n dies while its running.......we didn't mess with the wiring for the alternator
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Re: Car not staying charged

Tbonestang may be right, Check your wiring, even though you did not touch Altenator wiring, something could have been hit/moved/touched and could be "grounding" out.
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Old 08-17-2011, 07:38 AM   #6
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When you disconnected the stock gauge cluster you may have de-energized the stator in the alt. Look at Florida 5.0's website under FAQ for their gauge clusters for your model year, they have a fix.
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:25 AM   #7
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Ok but does anyone kno y it makes a loud beep 3 or 4x when u go to start the car since the factory cluster is out

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Thanks that website helped
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It is an airbag car and those beeps are coming from the airbag control module behind the climate controls. The box is light blue in color.
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I had a similar prob and it was the voltage regulator in the alt...it shorts out and drains the batt even when the car was off...though im not sure what this can have to do with a gauge clutster beepin and s#!t..??..
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:13 PM   #10
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Thanks sleeping stang its getting unplugged now

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I had a similar prob and it was the voltage regulator in the alt...it shorts out and drains the batt even when the car was off...though im not sure what this can have to do with a gauge clutster beepin and s#!t..??..
Nope it wasn't the same but its fixed tho
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Just remember that unplugging that box will disable the airbag as far as I know. Then again many cars before didn't have bags. Hope it all helped. Were you able to see the FAQ on that alt problem. Sounds like what your experiencing.
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Just remember that unplugging that box will disable the airbag as far as I know. Then again many cars before didn't have bags. Hope it all helped. Were you able to see the FAQ on that alt problem. Sounds like what your experiencing.
Thats fine I'm not gonna use the factory steering wheel when I find one I lik....yea that help the car runs go fine now n stays charged now
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Last time that happen to me, I changed the fuesable length and it worked, but we also had to change the gauge cluster once to fix a charging issue
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Well all the gauges work but the fuel level but it didn't work in the factory one
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Good s#!t I love the look of good after market gauges!...nice job glad its workin!..
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Did you get the sending unit with the gauge or are you using the factory sender? The autometer fuel gauge has it's own sender. I do not believe it can be made to work with the factory one.
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Did you get the sending unit with the gauge or are you using the factory sender? The autometer fuel gauge has it's own sender. I do not believe it can be made to work with the factory one.
No cuz I bought the gauge that works w the factory one....but the plug for my oil n fuel came partially unplugged one day when I was diving it n didn't work after that but the new oil gauge works but the fuel doesnt
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