Mechanics

DO I NEED A ALTERNATOR OR A BATTERY

1999 Honda Accord

Engine Mechanical problem
1999 Honda Accord 4 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 250000 miles

About 9 months ago, while driving about 30 miles per hour, my car turned off on me at the stop light. I started it back up and it turned off again. I did it a second time and I kept pumping the gas at the same time it started and I was fine for about 4 months. The same thing happend again 4 months later more this time more frequently. I would come to a stop sign and my car would just turn off on me. I would start it up and rev on the gas two or three times. Finally the fourth try my car would start and go. Now my car wont even start up. I purchased a new starter with a sylenoid. My brother installed it. We had the same issue. The car wouldnt start. The fly wheel teeth were just fine. I can turn my car on and see the lights light up on my dashboard but I cant get my car to start. The lights in my car are dim. When I try to start it, I hear clicking coming from the starter section. I bought this used car from a private owner 3 years ago. I dont know if she ever replaced the battery or alternator before I purchased the vehicle. I want to say I need an alternator because the alternator takes over while your driving and while I was driving it just turned off on me. However, the battery seems to weak to get the starter going. Iam really confused. Please help if you can. Also how could this have happend over about a 9 month period off and on.
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Juliefbaby
April 1, 2009.




Hi juliefbaby,

If you are unable to crank the engine, it should be from a weak battery. But if it happens only while driving, it should be caused by charging rather than the battery.

I would suggest a charging test to find out if the alternator is providing sufficient charge. Most parts store provides the test.

Another cause could be due to bad ground cable connections. Check if the cable that is attached to the transmission is frayed off or not securely tightened.

A faulty ignition switch cannot be discounted. There was a reacall on the ignition switch so you can check with your local dealer for more details.

KHLow2008
Apr 1, 2009.
I really appreciate you following up with me. I just had one more inquiry, if lets say " auto zone" test my car, are you saying they shopuld be able to tell me if my alternator is not providing sufficient charge or if its my battery?

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Juliefbaby
Apr 1, 2009.
They would be able to test the alternator charging rate and battery condition as well.

If the alternator is not providing sufficient charge, it could be a faulty crank pulley as well.

Battery test would be straight forward.
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KHLow2008
Apr 2, 2009.

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