2002 Freelander, all electrical died, jumping battery didn't work
2002 Freelander, while in intersection, wipers working then started to slow, electrical windows slow to go up, then car died and all electrical didn't work, emergency flashers very slow, tried to get car to start by jumping battery, couldn't get car to start. Tow truck operator said it's alternator. Thoughts?
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My guess is the engine ground connection is poor. When you jump it the other vehicle makes a connection through the jump lead. When you go solo there is no ground to make your starter work. Test it by running a jump cable from the battery neg terminal to a good clean spot on the engine. If it fires up then check / clean the battery neg wire to engine terminals. By the way, never disconnect the battery while the engine is running, it will fry the alternator!!
Faulty /worn wiper stock mine has same issue although I find if you put it on slow speed not intermediate and rock switch it will come on , try spraying with electrical contact cleaner and working the switch as above see if this resolves it
The battery is only use to start the car, once the car is moving the alternator takes over and charges the battery. I sounds like the alternator is bad. You take the alternator to Napa, Auto Zone or Advance auto part and have them check it for you.
I would have all the grounds checked. Sounds like it is not grounding properly. This will in turn not allow the battery to charge correctly and will make other electrical devices to operate incorrectly. For example the body ground if not good it will try to find another ground IE the shift cable. This is not designed to maintain a connection of amperage and will allow battery to die. Also will cause problem with cable and could fatigue it enough to break. Just check for good grounds on motor and body. Hope this helps. Good Luck.
On the 2002 Freelander it is in deed tricky. Basically you will need to support the front of the engine as you will be removing the front engine mount in the process of removing the lower mounting bolt from the alternator. You will also need to work the belt off the pulley without damaging it as well. The whole job takes about an hour. Be certian that you have disconnected the battery prior to starting your job.
I had this problem on my wife's 2001 Freelander and it ended up being a loose battery terminal. There was plenty of electricity to run lights, radio and so forth. When the starter solenoid kicked in you could hear it click, but the loose terminal couldn't carry enough power to turn the starter motor. Battery was fine in all respects and when I tightened the terminal, everything worked like it's supposed to.