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Will a bad alternator leak coolant from a 1994 BMW 740il?

The battery is dead every few days and when it starts, fluid leaks from the front of the engine. Now it does not want to take a jump.

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No fluids in an alternator

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Posted on Nov 29, 2012

  • Barry Phillips Nov 30, 2012

    I was just describing the scenario. I was finally able to jump it and drove it for about a half hour and it seemed to start fine. 24 hrs later battery was too weak to start car. Does this sound like the battery or the alternator?

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