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Jump start the car and start it only for it to die a few minutes later. could this be the altanator or batery?

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It is the alterntor, if the charging system was ok the engine would continue to run. Make sure the battery is fully charged (engine cranks fast) before you replace the alternator or you could burn out the new alternator from overheating.

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