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My 88 Tracer started having problems with all dash lights being on. Then a day or two later over heated lost all antifreeze except small amt in overflow. Let it cool added some to radiator and overflow. Then drove a few blocks. I turned my turn signal on and it wouldn't work instead the RPM'S went dead and were clicking to the turn signal. I dove another block or so and car died in middle of road and would not restart. A few days later we hooked it up to another car with jumper cables it started. We were able to drive abt ten feet and died, tried again and same result. I think it may be the alternator. Not for sure! I don't know if the antifreeze spilling out onto wires would cause a short or what. Someone told me to check fuses for alternator. I can't find the fuse location anywhere. Is there any help you can give me regarding this problem? I don't have a lot of money, don't even know how I am going to replace alternator. So I am trying to do as much as possible to find out if this is the problem. I don't want to put the money into it if its not the problem. PLEASE HELP

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OK, first, I think it may be the alternator. If you charge the battery overnight, the engine should run for about an hour before it discharges again.
I don't think the coolant should affect the wiring.

There may be a fuse panel for the high current fuses in the engine compartment. It should be 30 amp or higher.

Does the generator/alternator/battery light come on when the key is in ON position?

What engine? 1.9L or 1.8L?
VIN Number?


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