Is alternator bad? I've had the battery for 4 years, never any problems, first the fan and alternator belt started to sqeal, after it was tightened, it was fine, then I drove it at night about two blocks with lights on, when I tried to start it, it just clicked and nothing worked, it started right up with a jump, when I turned it off and tried to restart it, it wouldn't start.I put in a new battery and it started right up, I don't know if the alternator isn't charging the battery or if it isn't driven enough, I only drive it about 100 miles a month on short runs, i've had the car 17 years. The battery never gave any sign of being low, the warning lights haven't worked since I bought the car. How can I tell. A friend put a gage on the alternator it just went on 12, I have a six cylinder. Help!
Saturday, January 19th, 2013 AT 8:45 PM