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Focus Ignition Trouble

I have a 2001 Ford Focus that only stays running about 3 min. then you have to jump start it, battery & alternator is brand new (what could be stopping the engine & killing the battery?

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The car still not chargin you might have a electrical problem with the laternator circuits or have a defective alternator

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