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Thanks to all who made suggestions over the last few days on my '73 with coolant leaking into the combustion chambers, I don't have it fixed yet, but I'm going to tear it down again this weekend and check the head again, then if all's ok I'm going to very carefully put it back together. With my fingers crossed! I now have another problem, and if you Z people don't mind I'd like to ask advice even though it's not a Z. It's my daughter's '86 Suzuki Samurai. It is a VERY simple car, but I'm baffled. A week ago her battery went dead, it would not hold a charge for more than a day, so I put a new one in. After a couple of days the new one was dead. I then to be 100% safe replaced the alternator and battery cables...thats every thing in the charging system. After a day, the car died again. Right now I am at a loss. I suppose that the new (rebuilt) alternator could be bad, but I really don't think so. Any ideas?? The voltage regulator is in the alternator, even the Suzuki Factory repair manual has no other suggestions. Thanks!
 

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> Thanks to all who made suggestions over the
> last few days on my '73 with coolant leaking
> into the combustion chambers, I don't have
> it fixed yet, but I'm going to tear it down
> again this weekend and check the head again,
> then if all's ok I'm going to very carefully
> put it back together. With my fingers
> crossed! I now have another problem, and if
> you Z people don't mind I'd like to ask
> advice even though it's not a Z. It's my
> daughter's '86 Suzuki Samurai. It is a VERY
> simple car, but I'm baffled. A week ago her
> battery went dead, it would not hold a
> charge for more than a day, so I put a new
> one in. After a couple of days the new one
> was dead. I then to be 100% safe replaced
> the alternator and battery cables...thats
> every thing in the charging system. After a
> day, the car died again. Right now I am at a
> loss. I suppose that the new (rebuilt)
> alternator could be bad, but I really don't
> think so. Any ideas?? The voltage regulator
> is in the alternator, even the Suzuki
> Factory repair manual has no other
> suggestions. Thanks!

I have personnaly owned two of these neat little 4x4's. They don't get the best gas mileage (even w/a 1.3l), ride real rough, and handle like a shopping cart. None the less, a fun alternative to the cookie cutter style cars that plague our streets. Anyway I went through many alternators, so what I ended up doing was replacing it with a toyota alternator I had lying around. It came out of a 1980 4x4 pickup, and bolted right up(with some washers as spacers). Cured all charging probs. It is also best because it has an external regulator, which makes it easier to troubleshoot if a prob. comes up.
Hope this helps
JN
ps Find a parts store that will test the charging system (bench tester or a rollaway unit), and make sure first.
 

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Has she by any chance had any new electrical gadgets installed? A friend of mine had the same problem. After replaceing everything twice thinking he got a bad rebuilt one the battery still drained over night. It turned out that the so-called ecpert installers at the local electronics store had wired his new stereo, amp and security system wrong. Don't know if this helps but just some info to look at.
 

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Re: Battery Drain???

> I have personnaly owned two of these neat
> little 4x4's. They don't get the best gas
> mileage (even w/a 1.3l), ride real rough,
> and handle like a shopping cart. None the
> less, a fun alternative to the cookie cutter
> style cars that plague our streets. Anyway I
> went through many alternators, so what I
> ended up doing was replacing it with a
> toyota alternator I had lying around. It
> came out of a 1980 4x4 pickup, and bolted
> right up(with some washers as spacers).
> Cured all charging probs. It is also best
> because it has an external regulator, which
> makes it easier to troubleshoot if a prob.
> comes up.
> Hope this helps
> JN
> ps Find a parts store that will test the
> charging system (bench tester or a rollaway
> unit), and make sure first.

I'm wondering if maybe you don't have a constant load on your battery that's draining it. If you've already checked this, then disregard.

Does the battery charge up/and or the car continue to run after you jump it? Did you ever have the original alternator checked? I think, not sure here, (jump in mechanics) there's a way to guage if there is even a small current draw on the battery.

I had a rear window wiper motor that started buzzing (barely audible) after all was turned off. Drove me crazy for two or three weeks of killing my battery before I found it. Somewhere in the electrical, never could figure it out, just had to diconnect it. Still really urks me every time it rains and I can't see out rear. JEEP--- Just Empty Each Pocket.

Hope this helps. At least you have my sympathy.

Matt
 

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> I have personnaly owned two of these neat
> little 4x4's. They don't get the best gas
> mileage (even w/a 1.3l), ride real rough,
> and handle like a shopping cart. None the
> less, a fun alternative to the cookie cutter
> style cars that plague our streets. Anyway I
> went through many alternators, so what I
> ended up doing was replacing it with a
> toyota alternator I had lying around. It
> came out of a 1980 4x4 pickup, and bolted
> right up(with some washers as spacers).
> Cured all charging probs. It is also best
> because it has an external regulator, which
> makes it easier to troubleshoot if a prob.
> comes up.
> Hope this helps
> JN
> ps Find a parts store that will test the
> charging system (bench tester or a rollaway
> unit), and make sure first.
 

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Re: Battery Drain : Heres how...

> I'm wondering if maybe you don't have a
> constant load on your battery that's
> draining it. If you've already checked this,
> then disregard.

> Does the battery charge up/and or the car
> continue to run after you jump it? Did you
> ever have the original alternator checked? I
> think, not sure here, (jump in mechanics)
> there's a way to guage if there is even a
> small current draw on the battery.

> I had a rear window wiper motor that started
> buzzing (barely audible) after all was
> turned off. Drove me crazy for two or three
> weeks of killing my battery before I found
> it. Somewhere in the electrical, never could
> figure it out, just had to diconnect it.
> Still really urks me every time it rains and
> I can't see out rear. JEEP--- Just Empty
> Each Pocket.

> Hope this helps. At least you have my
> sympathy.

> Matt
Heres a little info, to check for a battery drain use a DVOM (digital volt ohm meter) set meter to D C amps and insert positive lead into fused side of meter, disconnect the batt neg terminal and fasten one lead to the batt post and the other to the terminal putting meter in-line. Anything over .05 amps is too much. Open a door or something to give yourself an idea of what accessories will draw, make sure all doors are closed and switches are turned off. If reading is to high start pulling fuses and disconnecting stuff until draw goes away. When you find the fuse or circuit you will have to figure out exactly what is causing the draw, but this is much cheaper than throwing parts at it and hoping for the best. Hope this helps.
 
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