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Stalls out, battery drain

New battery, new starter, new fuel pump. while idling red light on dash lights and car stalls out, need jump to start

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The car probably needs an alternator. Heres what to do...

Charge the battery with a charger. As long as you have time to and still be able to complete the next step.

Go to either Advance Auto Parts, or AutoZone whichever is closer.

Have them do a charging system diagnostic.

But I am pretty sure you need an alternator.
The car shut off when you no longer have enough power to run the computer. Probably right when you hit the brakes. The brake lights push you over the edge.

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You need to test alternator voltage output. Most likely will need replacement. Hope this helps

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