Battery.

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LEE_SHANNON73
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[b]hi there, I have a mitsubishi mirage, 1989, mileage 189000km and am wondering if I have a bigger problem than what im hoping it is. I flattened my battery leaving lights on overnight. So I had it jumpstarted but then as I tried to drive down the road it wasnt getting any revs up or showing any km's on the speedometer. The lights were on and it would drive but only just. Then when I slowed down to turn around it just completely putted out.
i got the AA to come and take a look and when he tried to jumpstart it it would only just run, struggling to get revs. He checked the choke for something and said no that was fine. As soon as he removed the jumperleads, the car wouldnt idle and it putted out again. The aa guy said that I would need to change the battery because there was acid on it that was so bad it may have eaten through the terminal and that would probably need to be replaced also.
so I got a battery that worked fine and replaced the old one which allowed the car to run oookay, revs were normal again and so was the speedometer. But it sounded a wee bit strange. I drove to a couple of places not far away had the car stopped for a few hours between the 2 places and when I started the car again it would start fine and drive a bit better each time. However, yesterday morning after not touching the car for nearly 24hrs I went to start it and it started, but it was running strangely, I pulled over and was about to stop the car when it just stopped itself anyway. When I went to turn the keyit wouldnt start, so I jumpstarted it and it ran ok for a minute, then horribly, like it was going to conk out any second, it got me home about 2km away but as soon as I got in the driveway it began to shudder and as soon as I slowed down to basically no revs, it just stopped. I tried jumpstarting it once more, and it was ok, revs were up it was fine until the jumperleads were taken off, all revs would just go down and then it would just stop altogether. Sorry to ramble on but I am trying to remember the order of events so perhaps you may be able to work this one out because at this stage I cannot get the car into a repair centre to be looked at. So yeah!
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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 AT 5:48 PM

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Tiny
LOSONE
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Replace the battery, check all the battery cables and have the alternator checked. When you "flatten" a battery it often warps the plates making for a bad battery. Don't waste time writing or talking about it -do it before you damage the electrical system.
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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
LEE_SHANNON73
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Thanks lee. Still on mitzi mirage 1989, 189000km.
Getting mobile mechanic to come around.
So even if after the flattened battery was replaced, I might need to get a second new battery>?
And if I already have done damage to electrical will that cost a helluva lot?
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Wednesday, May 3rd, 2006 AT 6:05 PM
Tiny
LOSONE
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I was worried about the alternator. If the battery is "flat" it cold damage the charging system. After you install the battery have the tech check the alternator. It should read 13.4 to 14.7 volts with the engine running. An alternator in the US is about $75.00 Good luck
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Thursday, May 4th, 2006 AT 8:04 AM
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ARRISCOLWELL
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I have the same issue with my 99 Mits. Montero Sport LTD. (I hate this car lol)

Same issues, except that I had the alt. Checked and they said it was dead. Got a new one fine - ran for a month then did the SAME thing. Replaced batt. And alt AGAIN. They hook it up and everything reads properly starting system, wiring, alt, and batt. Took it two weeks to die again. It's sitting in the shop right now and I'm just racking my brain trying to figure out what is going on. I have a small (doesn't even dent my oil level between changes) leak in a gasket, and it drips onto the alt. The shop said maybe it was shorting it out. That seems strange to me. Why wouldn't water do the same thing? (Am I way off base here?) I'm just lost and can't afford to keep popping a new alt into it every 3 weeks. Help?
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Saturday, January 13th, 2007 AT 2:02 PM
Tiny
LOSONE
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The first question is where you purchased your alternator.

The second question is have you checked your grounds from: Battery to engine, Battery to firewall or engine to fire wall. In order to check them you MUST remove the connection and clean both surfaces so they are shiny.

Let me know Losone
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Saturday, January 13th, 2007 AT 2:45 PM
Tiny
ARRISCOLWELL
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We think we found the issue. I have an oil leak that is dripping straight onto/in the alternator. They took apart the last one, and it was caked in oil. Now I just have to get the oil leak fixed. *Sigh*

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It's not DRIPPING so much as squirting onto the alt. I hosed it off this afternoon, and yes, there was some oil on the alt. I hope I can wing it until I can get the leak taken care of. I got the alt from Advance Auto parts. SO. Am I crazy?
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Saturday, January 13th, 2007 AT 5:45 PM

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