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The eletrical system seem to loose power. If the doors are left open for a short time the battery goes dead and at times it goes dead. Once you charge it or jump it and let it run for a short period it will start up. Could this be a alterator problem?

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No, this sounds like a weak battery. Check and clean if needed the battery connections. Take the car to a local parts store and ask them to check the battery.

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