CAR BROKE DOWN

1999 Mercury Sable

Tiny

Shumbae

February, 9, 2009 AT 3:23 PM

1999 Mercury Sable Automatic 133000 miles

I have a 1999 Mercury Sable GS, I had the alternator and battery replaced yet the car will start and run for only a few minutes and then shuts off and the car has to be jumped off to get it to start again. What could this be?

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Tiny

Bravestar1

February, 11, 2009 AT 9:51 PM

Are they any engine trouble codes present?

It sounds to me, like there is a huge power drain on the battery.

Did you replace the alternator, and replace the battery at the same time? If you only replaced the alternator and used the same crappy battery, you may have caused what is known as " Alternator Death" which can occur when a new alternator is forced to charged a dead battery, and exceeds it's power limitations and shorts out the alternator's reostat. Test the Alternator to be sure.

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