The car stalled on the side of the road very quietly last week and I could not get it restarted. Upon looking at my battery gauge it read with a level below quarter charge (even with my hazards flashing it would dip with each flash). After waiting a little I got it to start but it ran for about 10 seconds and stalled once again and I even watched my battery level fall as it ran for that short amount of time.
My friends and even the tow truck guy diagnosed it as an alternator problem.
So Friday I replaced the alternator and gave it a try knowing the battery was probably drained because of the load it was under after the alternator stopped working. It started, ran for few seconds and stalled (twice). Btw, the battery is from 5/06. I took the battery to get tested and it turned out to be at 50% charge. I got it charged, took it home and reconnected it to my car. However I am still not getting the car to start. It will crank and crank but not turn over.
With the key half turned my battery level now reads just above quarter charge (about 10 or 11 volts?) And when I go to start it drops into the orange at about 8 volts. Is this normal?
I guess my question is: Can a battery be damaged by being forced to hold the current when the Alternator stops working? Does anyone think that a brand new battery may solve the problem?
I am pretty sure this is an electrical issue seeing that my battery was drained to a 50% charge.
Yesterday I tried starting the car once again and i'm still not having any luck. A look at the gauge shows that they battery is at about 10v when the key is in "run" or half turned position; lower than the 12v reccomended by someone in another forum. I have not checked the battery itself with a meter for the simple fact that I do not own one, so at this point i'm relying on that gauge. To me it seems that the car is cranking slower than it normally does. I removed the air cleaner cover and am able can smell gas after my attempts to start so I believe that can rule out a fuel flow problem (?).
Please give me any feedback you can.
have the same problem?
Monday, February 5th, 2007 AT 12:01 PM