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Dont know if altinater is my problem or not?

Car has been having starting problems in cold weather. recently when i stopped the car everything kinda went dead then came back,all the gauges went haywire. then it was fine. now after driving it for 40 miles, i parked it and went to start it back up and it was dead. it has a new battery.

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  • Anonymous Apr 21, 2009

    I had the same problem.......it was the alternator

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    Russ May 11, 2010

    Here's two ideas 1) Pull your distibutor cap. Get in some good light and look to see if there is alot of corrosion or cracks. 2) My Jeep did this same thing. Got advise from a lot of people. Came to find out it was my starter solenoid. Check your solenoid connections. I tapped on my solenoid with a small ball peen hammer when it died. If your car won't start, you might try this. If it starts after you tap on the solenoid it means you need a new starter solenoid. You might try these two suggestions. They are easy to do on your own. Can't hurt to try.

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    shut down ,no brakes,or anything

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To be honest just to tell you if it is or not is not that simple on older models just removing the possitive battery cable while car is running answered that question,but with new systems there are more factors to look for,on the rear of altenator is the voltage regulator and ECU's in most vehichles can even play a role, bare wires shorting to body or frame cane do it to,in some cases the shadetree mechanic or what evryone else says might cost you more than just taking it somewhere to have it looked at.You can reserve the right to repair at home,but finding problem may better be done by someone with knowledge and tools to do it.

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Well the first thing that I need to know is how long did it sit when you shut it off before you tried to restart it. Also have you checked to see how much the alternator is charging at your battery. It should be around 14 volts to your battery. I need to know this information first before we can try to fix your problem. Let me know what the results of the alternator test were.

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