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Old 02-09-03, 09:31 PM
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starting problems

Hi,

My car failed to start a few days ago, and after a boost and I drove home it failed to start again after I turned it off. This had me suspect the alternator. I had the car boosted again, and ran it for awhile trying to charge the battery but again after shut down the battery was dead. I also noticed that the lights inside were flickering ever so slightly. I assumed it was the alternator and replaced it, but the problem remains. As a matter of fact when I had it boosted again--hoping the problem was solved--I noticed the slight flicker remained and the check engine light came on, which could be a whole other unrelated problem. Could I be so lucky that maybe my battery is DEAD?

Israel
 
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Old 02-09-03, 09:41 PM
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Have your battery load tested. If the battery is 4 or 5 years old you will want to replace it anyway. If the battery is bad it will also put too much strain on the alternator and kill the alternator again. Battery cables and connections need to be squeeky clean and tight. Have one of the auto parts stores run one of there free tests on your charging system. Another possibilty is that you have a light or something that is staying on all the time and causing a drain.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 03:52 AM
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I agree with Stevo.
 
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Old 02-10-03, 11:41 AM
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Thank you both for your responses. It seems that I was a bit premature, the alternator was the problem, and perhaps I had not allowed enough time for the battery to recharge or the terminals weren't making proper contact or both. Anyway, thanks again.

Israel
 
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