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It needs a boost to get it started, but won't stay running for longer than 5 minutes. What would cause this, the battery seems fine. I was told it could be a relay switch but unsure which one and even the cost of one. I want to know if it is worth fixing.

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Have the charging system tested first. Make sure your battery and alternator is putting out proper voltage/amperage.

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Even though it seems strange for the battery to go suddenly, it does happen.
How old is the bat. Most last about 5 years with normal driving ( batterys last longer if the car is used every day )
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John (south Wales UK )

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