Hyundai Sonata

If the alternator in a 1989 Hyundai Sonata went out and after you replaced it and charged the battery it will not start what could be wrong?


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2015-07-16 18:20:50
2015-07-16 18:20:50

I have a 97 Sonata. I recently had my car NOT turn over at all. I replaced the battery and still nothing. I then jumped on the Internet and I read about listening for a "Click" when trying to turn over the engine. I needed a new starter. Once replaced, they changed the alternator belt as well and the car started right up. Maybe a new starter is all you need. (My car also has 170k miles on it and was told it was a very good mile to get a starter replacement. 250.00 bucks for all I believe....


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That light doesn't mean that your battery needs to be replaced. It means that your battery is not being charged while the car is running. Have your alternator tested.

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As the alternator runs, it charges the battery.

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An alternator is designed to keep a fully charged battery at peak level. It is not designed to charge a dead battery. Installing a new alternator on a car with a dead battery can in some cases ruin the new alternator. Fully charge the dead battery before starting the engine.

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As long as the battery is fully charged it will start no matter the condition of the alternator. Eventually the battery will run down if the alternator is not keeping it charged.

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