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Car just died while driving!

I have a 1988 toyota 4Runner and it has 269,xxx. I was driving home from somewhere and all of a sudden it just shut off on me. But before it shut off on me I noticed that the rpm was jumping over 2,000 rpm before it reached 2,000 rpm. I have a battery meter on my cluster gauge. It was close to the half way mark before it died. Now its under the half way mark and won't start up. When I go to start up the engine it cranks some what but does not crank all the way, like it's low on voltage. I dont know if it's the battery or the alternator. But I know for a fact that the car will just not died when running like that if caused by a battery.

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I assume your vehicle died because the electronic ignition shut off. One possible cause of this is that the alternator is not supplying any or enough voltage to the battery. Obtain a voltmeter set it to
12 v dc and check voltage of battery it should be above 10 volts in order to start vehicle. If it is below charge or replace battery or just jumpstart vehicle and check voltage while vehicle is running it should be around 13 to 14 volts if alternator is working correctly also make sure all connections are clean. If higher voltage is not present from alternator you have a few options cheapest one first There are replacement brushes available for Toyota alternators dealer item only I am afraid. Or replace alternator with OEM alternator from dealer or reputeable auto parts supply store. That should solve your problem if my assumptions about your problem are correct.

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alternator probably shot.

Posted on Mar 18, 2009

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