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I have a 1988 honda accord lx. put new battery in and the alternator seems fine, but the car wont start. Lights come on, but it seems the battery is slowly dying. Any suggestions? It sounds like it is trying to turn over, but does not, after several trys, It sounds like the battery is dying?

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Test the alternator charging capability by connecting a volt meter to the battery terminals and starting the engine. The voltage should be at least 13 VDC.
If it's less it will not charge the battery enough.
Hope this helps.

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Have your starter checked. a bad one will draw every amp from your bat and still wont work

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