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If the alternater went out your car will die as you are driving and you have to jump it to get it started again, and it will die again

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New battery but my car won't start does this mean my alternator might have gone bad


starter brashes worn out , or one channel on shaft blown up , 3th solenoid not function properly main cable loose .in crease the earth negative battery to the engine body.and try.

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How do you know if it is the alternator gone bad in a 2004 kia sedona


WELL HOW DO WE KNOW THE ALTERNATOR IS BAD OK DOES IT CHARGE THE BATTERY,WHEN YOU DRIVE AT NIGHT ARE THE LIGHTS DIM, ILL MAKE IT SIMPLE FOR YOU START THE CAR WHILE ITS RUNING DISCONNECT THE BATTERY IF IT TURNS OFF IT JUST MAY BE BAD ALSO CHECK THE VOLTAGE ON THE BATTERY 11.5 - 12..5 GIVE OR TAKE WAIT A WHILE AND CHECK THE VOLTAGE AGAIN TO SEE IF THE BATT.IS HOLDING CHARGE OR BETTER YET TAKE THE BATT. TO THE PARTS STORE THEYLL CHK.FOR YOU FREE DO THE SAME THING WITH THE ALTERNATOR HAVE THEM LOAD CHECK IT ALWAYS GET A SECOND OPINION WHENEVER IN DOUBT GOOD LUCK

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check the wire output that charge the battery... maybe leak to ground "body". the alternator might overloaded.

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Does the alternator go bad all the time?


no it should last a long time unless you have a short or a large sterio whitch pulls a lot of amps or you could have a bad battery or dirty terminals @ the battery could use more info also alternator could just have gone bad how many have you gone thru?

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I have a 2002 Buick Rendezous, last night the battery light came on, then no power. We jumped it and drove for a couple miles but it was slow, difficult to drive and then the electrical system shut down...


It more than likley is the alternator has failed. You can confirm this by taking it to a parts store to have it tested.
Most of the time if the alternator will have a burnt smell if it's gone bad.

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I have a 1999 hyundai accent i thought the alternator was gone but bought one and it still isnt charging id dont know i take the battery cable off and the car quits and does not charge enough to even start...


When you car is running and you take off the cable from the battery, the engine is quitting than youe Alternator is bad. This is happening on the new one then the new one is also bad.
When you don't have enough charge, it doesn't mean your alternator is bad, just the corroded terminals at cable had high resistance to limit the current flowing in.
If you have a Voltmeter you can measure the voltage when the car running and when it is off, the difference can tell you the alternator is bad if the voltage is not higher than when it is not running.
If you don't have a voltmeter then bring your car to any Auto Zone store, they can check free for the problem with an alternator or not.
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My truck is making a whinning noise when you crank it up. It then gets louder as you give it gas.


You could have a Serpentine belt going bad or the tension pulley has gone bad. The noise can also indicate a bad alternator bearing and your going to have to replace the alternator soon. The alternator will still keep working and producing 13 to 14.5 volts, but the bearing may be bad and will fail soon causing your alternator to total fail then. Good luck and hope it's a simple serpentine belt or tension pulley that needs to be replaced other then a alternator. If it's the Alternator that has gone bad, Auto Zone will have the replacement part and can give you the step by step instructions to getting the job done with common tools.

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