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Pontiac sunfire died while driving gauges stopped working

I was driving my 96 pontiac sunfire and suddenly the dash gauges stopped, the lights all came on and the car slowed then went normal then slowed again and normal again, did that a couple of times in a row until finally it slowed and stopped with gauges going up and down and the lights staying on, but the light that indicates what gear I'm in turned off while the warning lights stayed on. turn the car off a few minutes and it started and got me home. now it wont start, it will crank but no turn over no matter what. something similar happened a year ago and it was a bad battery cable, could it be something else this time? battery and alternator are less than two years old.

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the battery says 12 volts but may be dropping to 4 or 5 under a load...i would suggest jumpstarting the car and see what happens.the battery should read in the high 12 volts and not less than 9.5 under cranking. the dash lights go out on your car when starting,and the alarm will go off ,and disable the ignition if the voltage is too low in cranking the car because the computer will shut it down and activate the anti theft.....check your battery posts are tight. best of luck

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Your problem is pointing to the alternator. Since you say the alternator is only a year old, the I would check the tension on the belt (deflection should be about 1/2 an inch), and the belt itself. Your problem most likely lies in either the belt, belt tensioner (if applicable), or alternator.

Posted on Feb 23, 2010

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