You don't say what kind of car so make sure all of the wires were hooked up correctly.
Rather than assume, why not check the alternator? If an alternator is not functioning properly, the battery can only remain fully charged if the alternator replaces the electrical energy that has been used. Test the system to determine if there is an electrical drain, but start with the alternator first.
Make the sure belt has tension in it and it's turning the alternator pulley. When the car is started, remove one of the positive battery terminals (carefully of course and don't let it touch any other metal, wrap it in a rag). If the car continues to run, then the alternator and volt regulator are doing their job. The alternator's primary function is to recharge the battery after starting the car, then to run the vehicle's entire electrical system, which includes the ignition system. If the car dies after you remove the battery cable, then most likely the alternator is working. Go to Auto Zone, they'll check the entire system for you for nothing, otherwise give this a try. The car may not remain running when a battery terminal is removed. An alternator uses coils instead of permanent magnets for their stator. In order for their to be a magnetic field in the stator, it requires some current to be passed through the coils (A generator uses permanent magnets, so it already has a magnetic field in it without needing any external current). This current comes from the battery and if the battery is removed, the alternator will not put out any current, ultimately causing the car to stall out. However, if the engine uses a generator, it would remain running. Consequently, an alternator will not charge a completely dead battery.
Does it squeal? A loose serpentine/alternator belt can do that. Also a bad laternator,or poor/loose connections tothe alternator. You need electricity to fire your sparkplugs, and without that your car will stall out. Could also be a short circuit somewhere draining your battery faster than the alternator can keep up with.
The function of the Magic Eye® state of charge battery indicator is based on the specific gravity of the sulfuric acid or electrolyte. When a battery is charging, the change in the density of the acid is a little delayed as compared to the actual state of charge of the battery. However, the battery indicator should show green once the battery is back to 100% state of charge. There may be several reasons as to why it is not showing green: 1. If the battery was allowed to remain in the dis-charged state for a great length of time, the battery may in fact be bad and the battery indicator will not show green because the electrolyte has not reached the proper specific gravity. The specific gravity of the electrolyte is the most accuarate method of measuring state of charge. 2. The acid in the battery is "stratified" meaning that the heavier acid has sunk to the bottom and the lighter water is floating near the top. This happens with batteries that have sat for a long time in the discharged state. Normally, re-charging will stir the electrolyte make it more homogenious. 3. There may be a small piece of battery separator material preventing the green ball from floating up. The best thing to do is gently rock the battery back and forth. This will mix the electrolyte and will most likely free the green ball to float up "IF" the specific gravity of the acid is dense enough. Keep in mind that even though the Magic Eye®is located in only 1 of 6 cells, testing conducted by a major OE car company proved that the battery indicator accurately indicates the state of charge of the entire battery.
You have electrical problems. Take it to a good garage. My '92 Corsica did that when I put a new bolt on the negative terminal for the battery. I replaced it with the old one and never had the problem again. -xGuiltyFatex = I am not 100% sure its probably your alternator have it checked = = I have a 92 3.1 a few days ago while driving the battery light = and inflatable restrain ( air bag ) lights came on, also the speedometer showed 120 while I was going 50 Km. I pulled into a parking lot and turned off the engine, When I tried to start it did not turn over I boosted the battery, the car started but the battery light remained on. So I changed the alternator, up to now the battery and inflatable restrain lights remain off.
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