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Answered 2006-11-29 04:39:50

extra battery creating a start situation indicates loose connection or bad battery. I have also seen starters be damaged in the fields and armatuer that will activate with extra power.


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bad battery, and bad alternator not keeping it charged - also bad connections to the battery or loose wire connections on the alternator.

Either Your Battery Is Dead or You Have a Bad Alternator

If your battery was dead and you jumped it to get it started and the gauge shows your not charging you need to replace the alternator.

could be the alternator. could be the battery, the alternator charges the battery but does not stop the battery holding a charge.could also be a bad starter motor. take alternator off and have it tested. most places will test for free

If the battery and alternator are both good, Test them to be sure, then you need to take a multimeter and verify that the power from the alternator is actually reaching the battery. It could be a simple wiring problem

It may be the battery, the alternator, the cables between them or any combination of these. Now of course the battery is dead, or you wouldn't need a jump in the first place. But once jumped, an engine should run off of the alternator alone. When it won't, the causes are either a bad alternator, a bad connection, or a short in the battery. You will need to have each of these tested; but the culprit is usually the alternator in this sort of instance. The battery may be ok once re-charged, but more likely it has been run-down so badly that it will never recover fully. But before you replace the alternator and battery, be sure to have the connections tested. It's a long shot, but it could be as simple as a dirty or loose terminal connection.

I would assume the battery is completely dead and needs to be replaced, or you jumped it wrong.or its the alternator i think

You car battery, or the connections to it, are bad. It can run on the alternator once engine is going.

bad alternator or battery most local parts stores will test both of them for free

Check your alternator (it charges the battery) If it quits you are running straight off the battery and that won't last long. Also check your belts. If they are loose and slipping your battery won't get carged and your alternator won't work properly

have you checked the battery output? it should show right at 13.4 volts, if not, check your alternator output.


If you charge the battery and than let it run by itself, the battery will begin to slowly drain without recharging itself as you press the gas. I'm going through what I believe is a busted alternator right now. Give me an hour and I'll tell you how it went.

could be a short or a parasitic drain in the electrical system... to little info to tell what it is. could be bad earth from battery

Yes. FYI answer Once the engine is running, the alternator supplies the electricity for the car to run and it also recharges the battery. Once you have jumped the car to get it running, you can take the battery out and throw it away and the car will run until you shut it off or run out of gas.Not a good idea to do this. In doing so you risk damaging the alternator.

If it were the ignition switch, the vehicle would not start even with a jump. The battery is either not holding a charge or the alternator is not providing the charge to the battery. You can have the battery and the alternator checked (usually free of charge) at an auto parts store,

you can check the alternator or the timming jumped

Generally, if a car engine will not turn over without a jump start, the battery is not charged. Either the alternator is not charging it, or the battery has failed and will not hold a charge. Since you have replaced the alternator, that leaves the battery. You can have your battery tested at an auto parts store before buying a new one. It is also possible that there is something draining your battery while the engine is off. The clicking noise from the ABS indicates possible electrical system malfunctions that are best diagnosed by a professional mechanic.

I've had that same problem. My first guess would be the alterator. but, save your self the trouble of taking it out by first taking your battery to an auto zone and let them test the cell for you, if your battery cell is bad, it doesnt matter how good your alternator is, it just wont hold a charge, period. if its not the battery, then its definitely the alternator. E Bishop. 89 prelude owner.

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