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The battery ran down and I took it to an automotive shop and had it tested and all was OK, He thought it was the alternator and now it will not start at all. It turns over Ok, can not even jump it!

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Did you take both the vehicle and the battery to get tested separately? They usually do this at Autozone, Advance and chain auto parts stores for free as long as you ask them too.

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