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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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