Question about 2003 Saturn Ls 4dr Sedan
Just spent 200.00 on new battery, and oil change, they told me the alternator was really good.
The car starts sometimes, I will run to the store and come out & it won't restart? it does this all the time.
Hello again Lynn,
Thank you for clarifying. We still have options.
First, hold on to the receipt from that shop, but don't go back until we get you fixed.
Second, since a jump gets you going, it is either the battery not holding a charge or the alternator not providing one. Checking the belts is the first step. Are they tight?
Even new batteries can be bad off the shelf. Especially if they have been on that shelf for a while. They may show the voltage but not the amps. This is called a 'Surface Charge'.
Without a voltmeter, what you need to do now is visit an auto parts store (not a shop). Most (in the hope of making a sale) will provide free testing of batteries and charging systems.
Ask if they do this. What you need is called a "Load Test" on the battery. It simulates the load of an engine being started. This will confirm the battery is good or bad.
Then with the car running, they need to check the voltage to the battery (they will know this). If it's not above +13VDC, the alternator is bad or not connected correctly.
And if it doesn't start, what better place to be?
Let me know what they find out.
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