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Have 2002 Nissan frontier. Recently bought new battery. Had alternator checked by autozone. Truck will not start occasionally, and sometimes dies while driving. Lights will dim and truck will not accelerate with pedal to the floor. Battery cables have been cleaned. What could it be?

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Your not charging,do you see the engine junction fuse box, look for any open fuses(big ones),On a 2002 Frontier the alternator cable goes to the engine fuse junction box before the alternator, you may see a open fuse (big ones), also you can purchase a voltmeter and test the charging system in the car yourself

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I would get a second opinion on your alternator. Does your battery light come on while your driving? That can be an indicator of an alternator going bad. Also, there's an easy way to check the alternator yourself if you have access to a multi-meter. Turn the multi-meter on to DC volts and start the car. Put the positive lead on the positive battery terminal and the negative lead on the negative battery cable. While the car is idling, the meter should read 12.5 - 13.5 volts. Have someone rev the engine. With the increased RPM's the meter should read over 14 volts. If the voltage goes down when you rev the engine, your alternator is bad.

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