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Car keeps dying

My alternator belt was making a noise so i bought a new belt. And a new battery. But as soon as i turn the car off it wont start. Its as if the battery is flat but its brand new. An so i have to push or jump start it an as im driving down the road it keeps cutting out please help

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Get someone to change your alternator just a cheap one from the wreckers. or if you don't want it to happen again get a reconditioned one. They are easy to change over.

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