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#4543212 - 10/14/17 01:38 PM 03 Maxima won't charge.
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6578
Loc: Hudson, NH
I can't get this 03 Maxima to charge. Battery, alternator have been replaced. What should I do next?
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#4543220 - 10/14/17 01:48 PM Re: 03 Maxima won't charge. [Re: LeakySeals]
mclasser Offline


Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2233
Loc: The Northeast
Where did you get the alternator from?

Are the batt terminals clean & tight?
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#4543223 - 10/14/17 01:50 PM Re: 03 Maxima won't charge. [Re: mclasser]
SatinSilver Offline


Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10179
Loc: OH
Here's the back story on the car:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4399094/Free_car!_03_Maxima_GLE_with_c#Post4399094

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#4543305 - 10/14/17 03:32 PM Re: 03 Maxima won't charge. [Re: SatinSilver]
Merkava_4 Offline


Registered: 01/30/07
Posts: 17501
Loc: Clovis, CA
Originally Posted By: SatinSilver
Here's the back story on the car:

https://bobistheoilguy.com/forums/ubbthreads.php/topics/4399094/Free_car!_03_Maxima_GLE_with_c#Post4399094


That battery tender junior don't look like a real battery charger. Looks more like an AC adapter.

Here's a real battery charger. A Schauer BH12


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#4543513 - 10/14/17 07:44 PM Re: 03 Maxima won't charge. [Re: LeakySeals]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32656
Loc: ME
So, somehow the alternator isn't getting the message to make electricity.

I bet it's computer controlled.

You need to find wiring schematics to see how to energize the field coil in the alternator. Get some sort of jumper wire and force the alt to work 100%. Or pull the alternator you just put in and have it tested at a store.

From there we can work it out. You might be able to retrofit a 70's dodge external regulator for example.

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#4544896 - 10/16/17 09:16 AM Re: 03 Maxima won't charge. [Re: LeakySeals]
LeakySeals Offline


Registered: 02/18/11
Posts: 6578
Loc: Hudson, NH
The battery tender jr may be small and not look like much. But it works. Eventually. I'm assuming the replacement AZ alternator is ok. Because its the same issue that had me assuming alternator in the first place. Voltage not running, no key, 12.30v. Start up and idling, voltage takes a dip to 11-11.30v. So its not charging with a new alternator.

Its had an engine swap by PO. Could a missing ground cause an issue like this?
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