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Had a problem where the car would not start, did nothing. Removed starter and had checked ok. Found the security reset thread and it starts now. Drove it about 20 minutes and car died no power at all. Two month old battery tested bad. Replaced battery. Still have battery light comming on. Removed and had alternator tested ok. What next?

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  • rsallen56 Jun 23, 2009

    I started it the disconnected the positive from the battery and it died right away, Shouldn't it still run if the alternator was good?



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Check for a bad ground on frame or engine. Crawl under and around the engine, any wire attached to the frame or engine for ground should be clean and tight.

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