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OK, '17 desiel captiva will not charge.

Changed the alternator twice (and getting good at it :) ) with no difference.
Start with a fully charged battery and the car instantly starts to drain the battery whether the car is running or not. Discharge is considerably slower when not running

Checked all wiring and fuses with no luck. Thinking the ECU not operating properly or does the sensor on the positive battery cable effect it in any way? Anyone experienced funky action from these before?




As for removing the alternator I have found the following sequence from under the car on jack stands with the battery disconnected .
17mm ring spanner to release the tension, remove belt, 15mm ring spanner to remove the tensioner, then 15mm socket and ratchet to remove the two bolts holding the alternator, the lower bolt cannot be fully removed until the alternator is off the bracket at the chassis rail gets in the way. You can disconnect the battery wire and unplug the sense cable at this point.
Then you can maneuver the alternator down and out the right hand wheel well between the steering arm and suspension.
replacement is the opposite

Cheers Geoff
 

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Vaxx, Going to have to make the assumption that you have checked that the Alternator(s) are providing output and that you not been unlucky enough to have two 'duffy' alternators. Also have you checked the integrity of the battery (maybe internal breakdown of plates).
With wiring and fuses checked I'm wondering if you have a defective (shorting) ignition switch (long shot).
Sounds as if job for auto electrician to investigate and trace.

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OK, '17 desiel captiva will not charge.

does the sensor on the positive battery cable effect it in any way? Anyone experienced funky action from these before? Ceers Geoff
There was a problem with the sensors on the Antara being the wrong part number which affected the charging system but don't think there's anything on this board about it.
 

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OK, update for this one.
The alternators where both checked and known before fitting.

As for the solution, the charge cable goes directly to the starter then to the battery. What they decided to do is fit a fuseable link between the alternator and starters motor, a rectangular cover that is almost the same size as the cable, has a link in it that had blown. This is not shown on the schematics anywhere and can only bee seen after removal of the cable.
New cable was quoted at $250+ so repaired the link and refitted the cable, and a easily accessible breaker near the battery. Now have charge.
Odd thin is without the charge cable connected, there is no output from the alternator.... has a current sense cable near the battery terminal, and the field and load are controlled by the ecu. Things are getting overly complicated for no reason.

Hope this helps others along the way
 

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I thought the wiring diagram showed the fusible link as J104 (see attached diagram with red arrow).

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Helpful feed back for those who have later models. I was not aware of this cable configuration being on the earlier models (thanks Victor).
 
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Do you have a picture of the cable that was removed?
 
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