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I have a 1998 Monte Carlo, LS, 3.1L. Having a little charging system issue. The battery appears to be dead (does not start engine). So, I jump the battery with a portable jumpstart device (from Costco and works perfectly everytime). But, I can run for quite a distance and as soon as I turn off the engine and immediately go to start back up.. same thing.. no juice. Now, I check the voltage on battery, not running, and it reads around 10-11 volts.. same as with my F350(and no problem in starting that vehicle). I had another charging problem about 2 years(same vehicle) that resulted in going dead on side of road and paying a shop to replace the alternator and $500 later. Havn't had any issues with the charging system since, except for corroded and loose battery terminals on occasion that kept the car from starting. So, I would say it may be the alternator, but less than 2 years seems a little too soon for it to go bad. Would anything else in the charging system allow the alternator to go bad prematurely? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks.

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Providing the battery cables are in good condition,it would be the alternator again as the rest of the system is all internal in the alternator.

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The video above shows you how to replace the battery in your 1999 Chevrolet Monte Carlo. We recommend changing the battery in Chevrolets every 4 years. Although some batteries last much longer, most batteries begin breaking down chemically after four years, so you could experience dimmer headlights and other negative effects before you have a dead battery in your Monte Carlo that you need to replace.

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