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Car is dying

Hi, my girlfriends car was working fine and in then died while she was driving. i just changed the battery, alternator, and spark plugs. we might think that it is a bad coil or the altenator might be the wrong year. we think its an '89 because none of the other years worked for the brake pads. i think the alternator is for a '91, but all the bolt paterns are te same and the wire harness fit perfectly. could te alterntor have anything to do with this?

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  • griffey040 May 08, 2009

    answer to the clarification request... she told me te car wouldn't even click on, no lights, nothing.



    but if the alternator wasnt charging properly, then the battery would have died (which it did) even if it was running because its not getting a charge. she had to be jumped... twice... within 5 minutes...???

  • jrk05a May 11, 2010

    No, if the alternator was the problem it would still run but wouldn't charge right. What does it sound like when you turn the key?... Does it crank over?... 

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Good way to see if alternator is working is to remove positive battery cable while engine is running if continue to run then alternator is functioning.coil can be checked for proper resistance with volt ohm meter.might be stator or ignition module under rotor button in distributor..opens when hot and engine dies...

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  • Christopher Keene May 08, 2009

    you may have ground problems,funky stuff going on is an indicator. check ground cable integrity along entire legth and all contact points.green corrosion in cable, then replace ground cable.... chris

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