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Ive already put a new altinater and a brand new battery in my cutlass. it will start when i give it a jump from another car but then as soon as i try to drive it it dies on me.. and ive also cleaned the wires going to me battery so i dont know where to look next..

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New battery and new alternator,you are looking for a open fusable link,If all are good you maynot be looking at a charging system, start the vehicle at idle, leave it running turn on the light and use the battery gauge on the car and turn the lights step on the brakes (vehicle in park) does it stall then, If it does then you are looking at a charging system can you exhange the battery and can you get the alternator tested from an outside source or better yet uses a voltmeter and read the charging system the battery at charging will need to be 2 volts above battery

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