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Double Trouble

Franco Portera's Avatar

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03-07-05, 08:22 AM   #1  
Double Trouble

Problem one. When I try to start the car in the morning, the battery gets progressively weaker, is it the battery, the starter or the alternator?

Problem two. after reaching 55 miles per hour the front end of the car starts shaking.

Thanks for any advice

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03-07-05, 03:53 PM   #2  
Could be any or all depending on the specific symptoms. Does it normally take a lot of cranking before the engine will fire? How old is the battery? More than a few seconds of cranking should not kill a good battery and if the engine is cranking over properly the starter is probably not bad. If the battery is more than 3 years old it is likely the prime suspect. The alternator's job is to recharge the battery (and run the electrical system when the engine is running). If the alternator is properly chargint the battery, but the battery goes dead while cranking to start, suspect the battery. Best bet: take it by some place like AutoZone where they'll do a check for free (hoping you'll by the repair parts from them).

High speed shake in the front end could be tire out of balance, wheels out of alignment, or bad front axle(s) among other things.

Measure it with a micrometer; cut it with an ax.

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