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Alternator on my 1998 Escort quits charging

I got stranded on the road when my engine stopped dead,I had the car boosted and it did start,but as soon as I took the boosters off the engine stopped.Yesterday I boosted the car again and the alternator was charging just fine and the car had retuned to a completely normal operation,can anyone explain how it is that the alternator is sometimes charging and sometimes not.

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Try cleaning the battery terminals with a wire brush

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