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Oct 31, 2013, 03:49 PM
Battery problem perhaps?
Hi to all,

My daughters 2006 Gran Prix is having battery problems, I took it to Advance Auto to have it checked. Their machine says the battery is rated at 7oo cca,s but it is showing its charging at 1300 cca,s. I am thinking alternator problem or started ,any suggestions, thanks for any and all advice.
Nov 01, 2013, 12:01 PM
real simple question... how old is that battery? the 48 and 60 month warranties are limited to those times for a reason.

a battery and charger load test should show what is up here. the battery, fully charged, is loaded down with a carbon pile to check the voltage, and then the car is started, and the charge current is measured with the same instrument.

other issues are the always-popular underhood or glovebox bulb that is always on, weak or leaking air shocks in autolevellers that keep the compressor running periodically, or a failed small accessory that draws current all the time.

alternator failures include a bad regulator that is putting out more voltage than a normal 13.8 volts (cooks the battery well done,) one or two failed diodes in the bridge or trio so it doesn't put out much current, or a crusty connection to the engine computer that cuts the alternator out most of the time, instead of just when she hammers the gas pedal for more power.

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Nov 01, 2013, 03:36 PM
Thanks for your reply, the battery is at least 48 months old.
I got a new battery and it cranked fine except I could hear a clicking sound like the starter solenoid. I don’t think it is that though because there would be some problems starting.
Nov 02, 2013, 03:57 AM
simple test, with the car running
unhook the battery, if it stops, its the alternator
Nov 02, 2013, 04:59 PM
Thanks for all the help, I got a new battery and so far no problems Cool