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Old 02-26-2017, 03:50 AM   #1
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Question 08 Vue Alternator not Charging Battery

I ran my 08 Vue through standing water. Had 3 cranks and drove fine then wont start. Mechanic said it was starter and attempted to replace twice (1st time it shorted out), then said it was ECM but couldn't do the work (and the key was stuck in the ignition at this time). Dealership replaced the fuse box, then said ECM shorted out internally and replaced. Then was told I needed a new alternator and battery. Declined them to do the work because I could replace for much cheaper. Replaced alternator and brought it back to get the core, was told that the alternator tested good. Within 1 hour of replacing alternator battery was dead, brought to auto part store and on the car, the brand new alternator tested bad. Again off the car tested good, same with the battery. Then changed the piggy back to the alternator, changed the battery terminals and post. All ground wires cleaned and tested. Battery is not getting a charge from the alternator. The battery has to be recharged for hours to be able to drive very little distance. Does not drain when the car is off.

Any insight would be great.

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Old 02-26-2017, 09:56 AM   #2
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Default Re: 08 Vue Alternator not Charging Battery

Fusible link hasn't blown?

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Old 02-26-2017, 12:49 PM   #3
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Default Re: 08 Vue Alternator not Charging Battery

What is state of instrument panel cluster (IPC) battery charge indicator?

See attached service manual extract which explains Vue charging system.

Thumbnail is charging diagram applying to all non-hybrid 2008 Vue.

Billy has valid thought regarding fusible link ... use ohm-meter to check for continuity between battery positive post and large power connection on generator.

No continuity indicates fusible link has melted or perhaps power cable between starter and generator is broken or disconnected (check starter connections).

Replacement fusible links are normally available at auto parts stores (many replacements require inline splicing tools and skills).
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