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Jun 1, 2005, 9:32 PM

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Okay here i go..I am not goning in to big detail..but I have replaced the altinater. recharged the battery and had it tested and still cant find the cut...The person who I talked to says I have a short that is not letting the altinater return the charge back to the battery..but i can not yet find where the breakage is or even where to look..I own a 1997 chevy cavilier,4-cylinder,2.2, automatic...HELP

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Jun 2, 2005, 7:31 AM

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A common spot is the battery cable going to the starter motor. Some can rub on things or get burned. Check all the wires there too. If nothing try following the single wire from the alternator for areas where it can get rubber or burned (exhaust burns) as that wire is always empowered to battery.

It would be a good idea to disconnect neg battery cable while you are looking - be safe!

I didn't think that was common on Cavaliers but it's worth a look. If you find a bad spot, tie the repair away with the plastic wire ties so it doesn't happen again, or splice in longer wire if there isn't enough extra to allow engine vibrations etc without pulling on it. Hope it's an easy fix, good luck,

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