This is the 3rd time I'm writing this. I feel like payiing Verizon only half their money because their service only works half the time. Regardless, It sounds like the battery cables are good, so I wouldn't spend any money on new ones.
As far as jump starting the car, because your battery is so dead, you are having trouble starting it. I bet when you take the jumper cables off is when it starts to die. Keep in mind, once the battery gets to a certain point, even a good alt won't charge it.
Tom, what I want you to try is disconnect the battery, and fully recharge it. Next, take it back to where you got it and have it load tested to see if it's stll good. I'm starting to wonder if it has shorted out internally from dieing, being recharged, and jumped too manny times.
If it's good, put it back in the car. The car should run until it dies again. Before it dies, take it back to where you had the alt bench tested and have them check the alt output on the car when the light is on. I have a feeling something is breaking down in the alt like the voltage regulator and not charging the battery. Thus, the battery dies and so does the engine. Remember, when the battery was new, the car would run longer.
To the best of my knowledge, the alt is the only thing that can turn that light on for you. Believe me when I say, I don't want you to purchase an alt until we are 100% sure yours it's bad. But something is telling me that is the problem.
Let me know what you think.
Friday, October 31st, 2008 AT 11:40 PM