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1994 Toyota Tercel DX 4D-VIN JT2EL43T8RO434683

Hello. Recently I fell to sleep in the car with the A/C and radio on for about 5 hours. When I woke up, I noticed the radio(which is connected directly to the battery)was turning on and off by itself. Later I tried to start the car and it would not turn over. I tested the battery which read 8.64. I put in another battery which read 10.57 and tried to start the car twice. Nothing. The next morning , I tested this same battery which then read 2.34. Now I know I must begin with a fully charged battery. However, should I purchase a new altinator? Help. Willie(wm.willie.mn@hotmail.com)

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Before you change your alternator try to confirm that it is your problem. If I were you I would first get a battery charger and fully charge your battery, once fully charged try to start the car, If it starts let it run while monitoring your battery voltage, if the the voltage stays around 12-14 volts your alternator is good, however if the voltage slowly drops as the car runs then it is definatly your alternator which is not charging your battery. Although you stated you installed a battery with 10.57 volts and the next day it was at 2.34 which is not normal(unless you live in an extremely cold environment), you could also have a short in your system which is draining your battery.

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