Engine Mechanical problem
2000 Jaguar XJ8 V8 Front Wheel Drive Automatic 66000 miles
My battery was " suddenly" dead last week when I came out from work. The car was jump-started and AAA said the battery was fine but something was putting a drain on it - most likely an electrical short. I have had 2 places do a battery load test just to be sure it is definitely not the battery. One said replace the battery but it could also be the alternator going bad or a short or both. The other (chain that specializes in batteries) said it was not the battery but the alternator only had output of 13 amps and probably needed replacing. He also " tested" the battery for a short in some other area by removing the negative cable and touching a wrench to the battery post to see if it would spark which it did. So he said I could have two things going on. Do you agree with these dx? What should I do at this point? I do not want to get stranded but I also do not want to get ripped off by my mechanic or a dealership. When I called my mechanic about this to begin with he immediately said replace the battery.
Monday, September 29th, 2008 AT 5:20 PM