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My moms 1999 ford contour just had the alternator replaced and now the car will start but wont stay running?

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  • krsheffield Oct 01, 2009

    Not long at all the minute she goes to shift in reverse or vice verce it dies...

  • krsheffield Oct 01, 2009

    let me further explain that it will die and start right back up and the dies again...

  • krsheffield Oct 02, 2009

    yes It was driven a few blocks then pulled back into drive way and we killed it and now it is starting and dieing it will not idle at all...but it starts back up every time.

  • krsheffield Oct 10, 2009

    Just wanted to give an update my mom took her car to the shop...they replaced the cam shaft sensor and crank shaft long as the alternator is off the car runs and idles fine but hook the alternator back up and it starts running poorly and then dies..we had the alternator retested everything is fine..anybody have any thing we can check now that might be causing this?

  • Jerry Hardin
    Jerry Hardin May 11, 2010

    Have you driven the car much or tried to? The reason I'm asking is because the computer has to relearn sometimes after the battery has been disconnected

  • Lee Seliga May 11, 2010

    How long does it run before it stops?


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Easy one here... yes the computer needs to relearn it's idle settings...

First, disconnect the battery and let it sit for at least 20 minutes...
Then, reconnect it and start the car...

WHEN you start it, DON'T touch the gas pedal, brake, or anything else. Let it idle for approx. 20 minutes in park. Let it warm up, and relearn it's optimum settings. Right now, it sounds like it's idleing too slow and when you shift it into gear, it stalls...

After this, it will take approx. 50 to 100 miles to relearn it's best running settings again in all rpm and load ranges...
Run the car with and without the A/C, lights on, lights off, etc...
Just give it time to reset itself...

Also, check your vac lines to make sure you have them all connected. And ALSO, check your engine grounding straps. If you removed one and didn't reattach it, the computer is now without the proper ground refernece for it's signals coming from all of it's sensors.... it will run like ****... idle ok, but run like ****...

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Did you have the battery checked also? did you reconnect all wires to the alternator? sometimes there is an electrical connector that plugs into the alternator. If this is unplugged in the alternator will not charge the battery and car will die once battery is dead.

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