Battery does not charge. I can jump start, but stays on only a couple of minutes and shuts down.

Asked by Nov 10, 2017 at 10:52 PM about the 2003 Ford Explorer Sport Trac

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Battery won't t stay charged. Jump
starts, but will only run for a couple of
minutes and shuts down.

2 Answers

270,505

Might be time for a new battery? How old is it? If over 5 years old, it's time to replace. You Can remove it and take it over to a local auto parts store and they can test it for you. Once the car is running you can probe the battery terminals, and if you get 14V, it's being properly charged by the alternator.

58,385

Sounds like there may be an issue with the alternator or related circuit. Have the alternator tested.

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