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Stalling while driving

New battery and terminals car battery light comes on then the engine light then the car stalls try to jump it sometimes it takes right away sometimes it takes awhile,sometimes i will go to take off and it stalls again, I am thinking it could be the alternator I am not sure though.

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    have new alternator put in the car last month

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Change the alternator and or the charging relay

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