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I have a 2006 lancer es and my battery recently went dead. took the battery to advanced auto parts to charge it, they said it was a good battery, but two days later the car doesn't start again. When i tried to start the car i listened for any weird sounds but didn't hear any clicking or anything. Just the regular ignition cranking sound not followed by the initial start up of the vehicle. Can it be the alternator? i bought the cheapest battery 2 years ago so could that be an issue?

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Charge up the battery so you can get the car started.Buy or borrow an electrical meter that will read volts DC. Start the car and read the voltage at the battery,you are now reading the alternator output, it MUST be over 12 volts and should be between 13.2 to 14.4 volts to charge the battery properly.If its not putting that out then I think its safe to say your alternator needs to be replaced.If it reads in that range then I would have the battery LOAD TESTED if that hasn't been done before.Just because it takes a charge doesn't mean it will hold a charge.A load test will rule this out. Failing this I think you need to take the car into a garage to have it checked over because if its not the above it could be electrical in nature and needs a mechanic to look at it. I'll keep my fingers crossed for you.Good luck

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Buy a gel battery and if the problem continues yes the alternator is most likll the issue there are many things in your car that will slowly drain it over night stereo memory etc a good batery is very important
















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