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Old 08-18-2009, 02:00 AM   #1
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Car problems

Ok, so tonight me and the lady went out and when we get back to the car it wouldnt start!! Lights wouldnt come on, and the dash was making crazy noises... So i got a boost or jump rather and it fired right up, no problems driving home... But once I got home, i turned the car off and tried cutting it back on and i had no power again.... My question is, is this the alternator or just need the bettery replaced???? I have a 2005 chevy impala... Im thinking its the battery but want to make sure before i go buy one and i really need a alternator... Need help gotta get this fixed before its time to go to work
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:14 AM   #2
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Sounds like a battery issue.....check the terminals and make sure they are clean, if they arent clean and possibly replace also make sure the wires connected to the terminals are free of rust or battery acid. If that doesnt work take the battery itself to autozone and they will test it and let you know if you need a new one. Try the first thing I said first before you go and start pulling out......My sisters car had me change the battery and starter before I figured out the wires that connected the battery terminals to the battery were corroded and were making a poor connectionn. I had to cut the bad part of the wire off and wire brush the terminals. and whoala...... me off more than anything lol
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:24 AM   #3
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if its not the batt you can always take the alternator to any auto zone and they will test it for you.
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Old 08-18-2009, 02:26 AM   #4
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check your fuses. this happened to a guy at a park near me. we looked at his impala for a while, checked the fuses, that was it.
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Old 08-18-2009, 05:12 AM   #5
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sounds like just batt

alternator puts out 14volts or so. so you can check it with a voltmeter when its running.
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Get a jump and drive it to AutoZone and let them test the battery. I bet it's either that or the connections.
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take it autozone they check the battery/alternor while is on the car and let you know the problem. that just happen to me on my impala
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If a fuse was blown, it would be a permanent problem.

Jumpstart the vehicle. If you pull off the cables and it continues to run, the alternator is generating enough voltage to keep the vehicle running. Then check it w a voltmeter to see if the output is around 14v as mentioned above to not just run the vehicle but charge the battery.

Autozone will check w their scanner but those guys arent mechanics or technicians ask yourself why before listening to their advice. No offense to them but many dont know the slightest clue/concept about vehicles.

Corrosion on the terminals mentioned above is very possible and would cause the amperage to not contact the post due to voltage drop. This can be checked by putting one of the terminals of a DVOM on the battery terminal, the other onthe metal part of the battery cable while in voltage mode. If there is any voltage there at all, that means resistance has built up and is not allowing ample voltage to return during charge or discharge to the vehicle while off.
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If a fuse was blown, it would be a permanent problem.

Jumpstart the vehicle. If you pull off the cables and it continues to run, the alternator is generating enough voltage to keep the vehicle running. Then check it w a voltmeter to see if the output is around 14v as mentioned above to not just run the vehicle but charge the battery.

Autozone will check w their scanner but those guys arent mechanics or technicians ask yourself why before listening to their advice. No offense to them but many dont know the slightest clue/concept about vehicles.

Corrosion on the terminals mentioned above is very possible and would cause the amperage to not contact the post due to voltage drop. This can be checked by putting one of the terminals of a DVOM on the battery terminal, the other onthe metal part of the battery cable while in voltage mode. If there is any voltage there at all, that means resistance has built up and is not allowing ample voltage to return during charge or discharge to the vehicle while off.
Or you could just attach jumper cables to the battery and your nipples
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Old 08-18-2009, 10:18 AM   #10
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Thanks folks, got it fixed it was the battery.... Back rolling
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