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Car just died while driving. now turning the key results in the starter just clicking. It will start w/ a jump from another vehicle but then just sputs/sputters and dies after a few minutes. Alternator?

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  • dra0429 Feb 08, 2010

    ok, i will get the battery tested. Would a multimeter work to test it? i was thinking alternator because of the way it just sputters and dies after a few minutes of running.

  • dra0429 Feb 08, 2010

    Also, could i remove the alternator myself and take it somewhere to be tested, or does it need to remain in the vehicle for testing?

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Hello. Even though it seems like the alternator isn't working, I would rather you have the battery checked before you pay for an expensive alternator you may or may not need. You can take the battery to a shop and have them check it first, if it is discharged too much for them to check it, they can charge it and then check it. That way you will know for sure you have a good battery or need a new one. Then you should have the alternator checked to be sure it is charging properly. This is the best way to proceed since the alternator really isn't designed to charge a dead battery, but rather it is for keeping a good battery charged. Although many people do it, putting a new alternator and expecting it to charge a dead battery puts extra strain on the new alternator. I hope this helps, and if you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

Posted on Feb 08, 2010

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    BeninVa Feb 09, 2010

    Hello again. It would be best to take the battery to a place like Advance Auto, Sears, or AutoZone and have them do a load test on the battery. This will give you a better idea of the battery condition. Once the battery is either re-charged or replaced, you can then drive back and have the alternator checked. It's best to have the alternator in the vehicle to check it while the engine is running.

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