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Battery or alternator problems?

Hi I believe I am having with my battery, but I am more likely to believe that it is something else like the alternator or another electrical issue. I replaced my battery this past summer after it stopped working. The problem revealed itself over about a weeks time. The car was having some trouble turning over and then when stopped at a stop sign, the car just stalled out. It re-started again and I was able to get home, but it would not turn over again, even after being jumped. The battery was at least two years old if not more, which I know is a somewhat normal lifespan.

Anyway flash forward 5 months and my car refuses to start. I put the key in the ignition and not even the dashboard lights come on. I had the car jumped and I made sure to start it everyday (I don't use it everyday) because it has been cold over the last two weeks. I even drove it for more about an hour total on Saturday, turning the car off after 30 minutes and then starting it again after 4 or so hours. I hadn't started it since Saturday and went to try it tonight and it would not turn over. Does this sound like a problem with the alternator or did I just get a bad battery? I know I can get both tested at a Pep Boys or Auto Zone but I was wondering if there was any advice prior to my doing that.

Also does anyone know how difficult it is to replace an alternator on a 2001 Toyota Corolla or how much I could expect to spend at a shop with parts and labor.

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  • mrbuttonpush Dec 17, 2008

    It is a new battery, only about 5 months old.



    I was doing some of my own research it seems like it easily could be the alternator but that it is also possible that I just got a bad battery. I was going to get the battery checked regardless.



    After that information about the "newness" of the battery does it seem more likely that it is my alternator?

  • Toyota Ed May 11, 2010

    It looks like you have a bad alternator. Even though it "tests OK", there are things in the alt that can go bad, and drain the power out of the battery overnight. Expect to pay about an hours worth of labour to remove and replace the alternator, at your local labor rate.

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I would have the battery checked first. it's free and it'll save you money if thats the problem. you didn't say if it was a new battery or a used one..

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  • dan Dec 17, 2008

    yes but they can check that too. but you have to take it out yourself

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