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I just had to buy a new battery for my 1993 Ford Taurus. My last battery wasn't even a year old, I got it after Christmas '07. This battery is not even 3 weeks old, and my car is dead. My son says I need a new Alternator, I have someone who has one for a 1992 Ford Taurus that he says will fit. Do you think that this may be causing my problems? I can not afford to bring my car to a garage to have it fixed. So a friend will do the work. I just need to know if this may be the problem? patches716@yahoo.com

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    Thanks I will give it a shot and let you know what happens.
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You may be having a bad alternator check the alternator before replacing new one

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You could test the alternator yourself and see if that is where the problem is.
Try to start the car with another known good battery, once the engine is running unplug the positive terminal from the battery; if the car continues to run normally it might not be the alternator that is faulty completely.
In this case it looks more like the alternator is not charging the battery.
If the engine stops as soon the positive terminal is removed, then you have a faulty alternator.

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There are many causes of ignition failure,if you suspected the alternator,check this out .
Only a few basic things are necessary for the engine operation 1. Fuel (To be exact proper air/fuel ratio, normally it is about 14/1)
2. Spark (in appropriate moment)
3. Proper timing (the valves should open and close only in appropriate time)
4. Compression in the cylinders (Normal compression is 120 - 170 psi. The engine won't start if the compression is lower than 70 - 80 psi.)
Plus, to start the engine, the battery, the starter and the starter circuit should be OK.

Ifthe engine won't start - there's no magic - one of these things isprobably missing. Most often it's a spark- or fuel- related problem,but often it could be very simple things like dead battery.
If the car won't start, check simple things first:
Make sure you have a fuel in the tank, oil in the engine and the battery is OK, follow this link - How to check the battery

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It sounds like your alternator

I believe that the alternators are the same between the two cars so the other one will work otherwise check out www.car-parts.com for places to buy an alternator if it doesn't fit.

Usually if it is the alternator, while you are driving first the electronics will go out in the vehicle and then it will turn off totally. The alternator may still be kicking out power but just not enough. Hook a meter to it to see what it is kicking out to confirm that it is the alternator. Let me know if you have any further questions and good luck.

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Sure, when this happens usually, once you exclude the battery, there is the alternator. Check also that the alternator belt is well in place and in tension.

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It is your alternator.

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