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The entire electrical system is dead. I can start my van with a jump however as soon as the cables are removed from the other car, the engine dies and there is absolutely no power to anything.

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If it continues have system checked by service station.The check charging system could be temporary until Battery is fully charged.If this caused any damage I would be suprised, we all have had battery drains from time to time.Good Luck.

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That's not unusual with electrical parts. They can fail with no symptoms. And your symptoms say it is indeed a bad alternator.

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Sounds to me that your battery has shorted out and will not take a charge.Disconnect the battery and try to charge it, then check to see if it has taken power with a volt meter. A shorted battery will take all the power from the alternator and run it to ground leaving no power to run the car. Also check the alternator output with a volt meter after you have checked the battery as a shorted battery can burn out the alternator.

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