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Charging problem 1991 Honda Accord, the car only charges when there is nothing turned on in the car. As soon as you turn on the headlight, or the heater, or even the brake lights it stops charging till you turn it off. We have replaced Alternator, battery, fuse box with (eld), main computer. Out of answers looking for a little help please.

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  • mead7069 Jan 07, 2009

    I have my multimeter hooked up to the car battery, but we originally found the problem by the battery going dead while my son was driving home from work. The battery light never came on at all, even when the multimeter is saying its not charging.

  • mead7069 Feb 13, 2009

    Thanks for everyone's help. It was a loose belt. The belt never made a noise but I guess it was stretched out so bad that it was slipping. Thanks again!!

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    One Always Assumes that the Small Stuff has Been Eliminated

  • Ronnie Wilson May 11, 2010

    While Charging Whats the Voly Reading,??

    Have you tried a FULL FIELD Test When The Lights Etc are On

    Get Back with Me When after tis TEST

    Remove protective cover from alternator end cover. Perform full field test by inserting a suitable tool into full field access hole located on end cover, Figs. 8 & 9. When alternator is in full field, system voltage will rise quickly.Do not allow voltage to exceed 18 volts or damage to electrical system may result. Note tester amperage readings with alternator in full field. If readings are now within specification, replace voltage regulator. If readings are still not within specification, replace alternator

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    Tough one! Is the alternator belt slipping possibly, did you replace it yourself?? I'd start by looking at that. I'll ask around too!


    PS. How do you know it's charging when nothing else is on??

  • Anonymous May 11, 2010

    How can you tell if it stops charging? Does the vehicle shut off or is it just the guage that indicates that it is not charging, or does the battery go dead?



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Possible solution. It could be the belt tensioner. It might not hold the belt tight enough to have a consistent charge to the battery through the alternator. I had to replace the one on my 91 accord and that solved my problem.

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