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I think the alternator must be replaced on my buick park avenue. Is this a job that a shade tree mechanic can do? The inside lights have been dimming when I brake for about two weeks and yesterday, it just chugged to a stop at a car wash. I came back later and the guy with the cable said "look, its not your battery" then he tapped the ends together and got a big spark. I am assuming it is the alternator. Could it be something else? Should I look elsewhere for a power drain? I need help quickly, but cant do anything until the first (payday). Thank you for any kind responses. Beth

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  • Go to Autozone. They can check the alternator while it is on the car.
  • Another thing you can do is start your car. while it is running remove the negative cable from the battery. If the car turns off then your alternator is bad.

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