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Not sure My car won't start. We bought a new battery and put it in, jumped it and it ran fine for a bit, then it died again. The dashboard lights flicker for a second and that's it. No headlights, no tail lights.

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  • clisa Sep 17, 2008

    I am having the same problem, what if it's not your alternator, what do you do then?

  • stevenkeffer Oct 22, 2008

    we replaced the alternator the car will only turn over if we jump it then after a few it dies again the charger says battery i full

  • mataylor Nov 28, 2008

    all the light come on the dashboard then the car dies... i drive a 2004 Nissan Sentra Ser Spec V. The battery has ben changed to a Optima Yellow top battery and it still does the same thing, I've even removed my amp and cap.

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The most likely problem is your alternator, but you can check with a volt meter to ensure that is your problem. Start your car (use a battery charger or jump to start it if you need to) and put your meter on the battery post's. If your reading 13volts or so your alternator is working and maintaing voltage, however if your reading starts dropping to 10 or less(may take a few moments to drop) then it's probably your alternator. You can also check your battery's voltage before starting your vechile, if the voltage increases after you start the vechile then it seem to be charging. Alternators can be repalced somewhat easily, however you do have to remove the fan belt, and re-route after installing the new alternator. If you have some expirence working on cars you can do this yourself in your driveway.

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