Car alternator?

Tiny
BLACKTOOTHGRIN
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  • 1990 MITSUBISHI MIRAGE
My car shows battery warning when driving at night. One time I drove to buy stuffs at the town, battery warning glowed and the steering went a little heavy. And so I went on, parked my car, and went to buy things. When I went back to the car, it wont start and started to produce ticking sounds. I called my mechanic but he was out of town but instructed me to get my car pulled to his shop and so I did. I went there the next day and he said either the battery is dead due to old age, or there's something wrong with the alternator. He's not an electrician. He's a mechanic. Hope you can help me. Thanks guys, and more power!
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 AT 12:50 AM

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Tiny
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Tell him to BOOST car to start and then check voltage at battery. Should be over 12v more to 14+v if alternator is ok. At night driving requires more draw on battery. A weak alternator or loose belt will cause battery to drain till not usable to power car. If alternator checks OK then the battery is suspect.
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Thursday, November 17th, 2011 AT 3:53 AM

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