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Starting problem, battery? alternator??

I previously posted a question regarding 1997 buick park avenue, the response was that the alternator seemed to be the problem, and that I should check it by starting the car (via jumper cables) and remove the positive (red) battery cable, if it dies it is the alternator. Well it didnt die it kept running. So now what???? (its not the battery as i have taken it up to autozone and they tested it and said it was fine. (once it was recharged) also if it ws the battery I think it would be easy to start with jumper cables, which it is not) Please help!

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Unless you have good jumper cables it would start easy since I didn't get in on the begining of this I will assume you have a bad connection tothe starer or a bad starter if it drags.

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