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Had the serpentine belt replaced along with the alternator and now my car sputters.

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Why was the alternator replaced? If it was an attempt to fix a non-charging battery, the old alternator may have been ok. Does the battery seem to be in need of charge? A discharged battery could be causing the sputtering problem. If the old alternator was bad (like a shorted diode), then a fusable link in the wiring might be burned out.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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The only thing that comes to mind is the belt may be set to tight.

Posted on Jul 14, 2009

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