Engine shut off while driving

Tiny
IVYMCK13
  • MEMBER
  • 2007 LINCOLN NAVIGATOR
  • 2.0L
  • V8
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 121,000 MILES
The vehicle stopped while driving and the battery was completely drained. It has been making rattling noises for the last couple of months while running.
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 AT 10:45 AM

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Tiny
SEAN M
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Hello,

Did the battery light illuminated before it stalled?

If the battery is completely drained, then it could be due to a bad alternator.

Did you try to jump start the vehicle?

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-jump-start-car-battery-using-jumper-cables

If you are able to jump start it but it stalls as soon the jumper cables are disconnected it is a sign that the battery is not getting charged by the alternator.
Which could be due to a bad alternator or a wiring issue.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-jump-start-car-battery-using-jumper-cables

Please let me know what you have tried so far and what else you might be noticing.
Thank you.
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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 AT 7:07 PM
Tiny
JOE F
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Hi,

Chances are the alternator is bad or even the serpentine belt is loose or broken, preventing it from charging.

First, open the hood and inspect the drive belt. Make sure it is in good condition and tight. I attached a pic below showing the belt and the alternator.

If that is good, then we need to recharge the battery and check to see if the alternator is producing voltage. It's easy to do and only requires a voltmeter or even a multimeter. Here is a link that shows how it's done:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-a-car-alternator

One other suggestion. If you remove the battery for charging, take it to a parts store and in many cases, they will charge it for you. After charging, have them load test the battery.

Let me know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care,

Joe

See pic below.

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Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 AT 7:11 PM

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