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I drained my battery while charging my phone, got a jump and drove it for a couple days with no problem. Yesterday, I noticed my lights inside the car were a little dimmer than before but drove it anyway, then my car died. While I was getting a jump, the car was running fine, while the battery cables were attached, but as soon as I detached the cables, the car died. Alternator,battery, or worse? Thank you for your help.

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It is the battery. There are a series of cells inside the battery and a least two have shorted out against each other. You vehicle monitors the battery voltage at all times, and when it senses low voltage (under 10 volts) it will shut down. I am assuming the battery light is not lit.

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Probably alt and sometimes a bat will get a dead cell and just not take a charge. if you have a autozone near you they will test both for free. i would start with the battery. but the light situation sounds like alternators and it could be both

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