Saturn charging system

While driving I noticed the little battery icon was illuminated. I checked the owners manual and the next time I drove it the light did not stay on.I had driven about 10 miles when suddenly the windshield wipers slowed down to a stop; the lightsin instrument panel began to dim then everything died. I tried to start it after 15 min or so and it started, the lights and wipers only lasted a few minutes but, the engin kept running. Because it was dark; and raining; I had to pull over and stop. After another 15 min or so again I was able to advance a mile or two until all went dead. I tried starting it the next day, all of the lights and souinds are working but the car won't start and makes a (click. Click) noise like a dead battery. What do you think? I looked at the belts and they all seem fine. Obviously the battery isn't completly dead, should I assume it is the altrernator? What kind of repair work should I seek and from whom in my area? I am in Hayward CA 94544. Can you advise me Please?
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Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 AT 6:43 PM

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Sounds like an alternator. If the serpentine belt, tensioner, and wires/ connections are all good the alt. Is a safe bet. Most any shop and even some parts stores can test the battery and alternator in minutes. Some even offer this service for free.

You should be able to purchase a re manufactured alt for under $150.00.

I would expect to pay that much again for installation. You could also find a shop that will rebuild your current alternator. They tend to be somewhat less expensive.

Good luck and let us know. :)
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