Electrical Problem, Car won't start or stay running.

Tiny
WHERESWALDO
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  • 1986 DODGE ARIES
  • 2.2L
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 190,000 MILES
When I put the key into start, the starter clicks. However when I get a jumpstart, the car will stay running for a few minutes but the battery doesn't get a solid connection with the alternator cause the battery level goes from a 12 to an 8 on the dashboard, it kills the car if I hit my headlights and when I drive the stereo (a newer one) turns itself on and off repeatedly. Any ideas?
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 5:12 PM

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Tiny
CJ MEDEVAC
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SNATCH MR. BATTERY OUT HAVE IT TESTED AT A POPULAR AUTO PARTS STORE

RECHARGE IT.....OR GET A NEW ONE (IF NEEDED)

INSTALL IN THE CAR---TAKE THE WHOLE CAR BACK TO THE AUTO PARTS STORE.....THIS TIME HAVE THE ENTIRE CHARGING SYSTEM TESTED (ALTERNATOR)

IT'S POSSIBLE THAT A .......CONNECTION,......FUSE OR A FUSIBLE LINK IS THE PROBLEM IF THE BATTERY AND ALTERNATOR PASS

HOW TO ATTACK CONNECTIONS PRIOR TO GOING TO THE AUTO PARTS STORE...........THIS COULD POSSIBLY BE THE WHOLE PROBLEM!.....SEE MY LINK, BELOW, AND THE PICS I MADE IN IT

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/1996-chevrolet-tahoe-wont-start-sounds-dead-battery-jumpbox-get-same-reults

RETURN TO THIS THREAD WITH A BIG OLE GRIN!

THE MEDIC
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 6:44 PM
Tiny
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The first thing I would do is have the battery charged and Tested?Also sounds like your alternator isnt charging.
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 6:46 PM
Tiny
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I wouldnt drive it with a possible bad alternator we can test it with a multi meter if you have one?
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Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 AT 6:48 PM
Tiny
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Well, forgot to mention the battery has been charged and the alternator has been pulled and tested at autozone, passed as well. Replaced the metal battery connectors due to rust and kerosion, replaced the entire ground cable as well. Replaced the distributer, and next job is the distributer rotor and cap plus spark plugs n wires. If that doesn't work, where should I go from there?
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Wednesday, January 1st, 2014 AT 11:33 AM

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