1990 Ford Festiva won't keep running once warm, idles rough and stops drawing off alternator

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Asked by Feb 23, 2017 at 02:51 PM about the 1990 Ford Festiva LX

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

car will fire up no problem and run half-decently on battery alone until battery is drawn to almost dead.  alternator seems to be fine, was replaced.  

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Confirm alternator is pushing power to the battery, do you have a battery gauge or voltmeter. See if there a voltage increase after it is running should be in the 14+volt range or just remove it, take to parts store, have load tested and battery too. Make sure all Terminal cables & terminal ends are good and no corrosion, check engine to frame grounds. & all fuses under hood and dash.

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I'll give these a try and go from there. thank you for the advice. hope to get at it this weekend.

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