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My car wont start

I drove my car to work just fine the other day and when i got out of work it wouldn't start. i had it jumped and it started, but then the dash lights went out and the car died. i had been hearing a whistling belt under my hood for a little while and was told that the problem might be my alternator because of some connection with the bad belt, but i have no clue about cars, so i don't know what to do.

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The whistling belt means the engine doesn`t crank the alternator (what generates the power).So when you jump started the car it was going for a little while and that time the engine sucked out all the power from the battery the battery went flat and the car stopped. You have to take it to mechanic eather change or just tension the belt. Hope that helps.

Posted on May 28, 2009

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i would say this car has a broken main earth wire,this wire can be found connected from the engine to the chasssis.take a very good look as it is there and if you cant locate it put one on yourself ask in the shop for an engine earth wire. but take a look for it remember its there?if you find it intact remove both ends and clean with sandpaper or a wirebrush.adrian

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this is one of two problems (maybe both) ...
1. The battery has been fully discharged before, preventing it from being able to hold a charge properly. This can be tested at a Sears Automotive Center. If the battery is no good, get a replacement and you should be fine (at least for a while). If you are going to go to Sears, have them run a full electrical diagnostic -- if there is something draining your battery while the car is not in use changing the battery will only hide the problem for a few months until the new battery fully discharges, and the same issue with resurface.
2. Your alternator is not charging the battery. It might be pumping out electricity to the wiring that it is connected to, but the charge may not be getting all the way to the battery. Sears can also check this with their diagnostic tools, and should be able to locate and repair the problem for you. Unfortunately, without a VERY expensive diagnostic machine, it is very hard to tell exactly where the problem is occurring .. so taking it in to a shop is probably your best bet.

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You need to get a digtal voltage meter (about $15) and check it out yourself-readings at the battery should be 12.5 volts after sitting overnight. Once you start it, the readings at the battery terminals should go up to almost 15 volts when first started, then gradually drop down to around 14.2 volts-I would bet either your battery is bad, or your battery is bad and your alternator has failed trying to supply power to a bad battery-either way, your mechanic should not have allowed the battery light to stay on after changing out the alternator without finding out what was wrong-he did not fix it.

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That would make sense, because when he jumped your car if he left it hooked up for awhile. Then he charged your battery up, so it started the next day. Then you drove to his shop and back it ran the battery down. It's easy enough to test and change alternators you could take it to autozone or O'Reillys if there is one close they can test your alternator. If you have more questions about this or if you would like to try and change it yourself just reply to this post and I will walk you through it.

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