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Car didn't start....battery or alternator?

2005 Chrysler Town & Country....80,000 miles.
I came out of work yesterday & my car would not start. A co-worker gave me a jump & the car ran fine. I tried to start it again last night (about 3 hours after I last used it) & again the car wouldn't start. I let it sit overnight & tried again this morning, the car started right up (maybe a little slower than usual). Do you think this is the battery or the altenator? How can I perform a test at home without a voltage reader thingie? Not too sure of the engine size (3.3 I think).
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  • conrad101197 Sep 09, 2009

    Thanks for your help........
    Unhook which cable though?

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You can start the car and unhook the battery if it keeps running the altenator is good if it cuts off the altenator is bad.

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Have the battery and the alternator tested, I suspect the battery is defective.

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    yadayada Sep 09, 2009

    unhook the battery negative cable and see if engine runs, but why not just have Kragen auto test the charging system? it is free, Autozone and others also do it free.

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