2001 Saturn SL1 starter replacement shut off while driving

Tiny
LAUGH1
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  • 2001 SATURN SL1
  • 4 CYL
  • FWD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 139,000 MILES
I had my starter replaced and driving back home-car shut off in my driveway. Husband checked for loose connections when he got home. Didn't find any. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 3:52 AM

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Tiny
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So ur car died on the way home from picking it up from getting a new starter installed?U could check both battery cables make sure there clean and tight theres only two more wires the would have touched on the starter the postive battery and the starter trigger wire that sends the power to engage the starter but I wouldnt check ethier one of those without unhooking the battery. When it died and wouldnt start would the engine turn over and not start?Or would it not crank over the more details the better. Let me know.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 12:54 PM
Tiny
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It would only click. Lights came on display and nothing else. Today the alternator was replaced as well as the battery. It cranked up and when the battery was checked it was already losing power. The alternator was reading 12 and wouldn't go up either. They gave up and said they didn't know what to do. Any ideas? Thank you.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 5:00 PM
Tiny
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Sounds like ur car may not have needed that starter if ur alternator wasnt charging then ur battery could have been too weak to start the car up. Are u actually paying a shop for these repairs?If u are then ur getting ripped off they put in a battery and alternator and starter in and the alternator is only putting out 12 volts that would explain why the car died on the way home the alternator wasnt keeping the battery charged. If this is a shop I would go back and demand they fix it and refund u all the parts u didnt need and labor money. Unless the alternator is bad they put in or the wiring to it isnt connected or theres a problem with the wiring then it should be charging. And they take ur money and say sorry went cant figure it out is wrong. Theres only two connections to the alternator the fusable link wire and the connector to the voltage regulator those need to be hooked up to charge. If they say they dont want to do anything for u then tell them u will contact the bar to have the problem resolved. Let me know what u find and happens.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 7:52 PM
Tiny
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We've been paying for labor and tow fees. I asked them if I could get the parts myself. J.R. Is going to call them tomorrow and speak to the owner. He saw a wire last night that had a burnt mark on it. (I told the shop that today but they ignored me.) He didn't know about the fusible link until today through discussions with friends. He said that was the one with the burnt mark. Thank you, you've been very helpful. I'll keep you posted.
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Thursday, December 17th, 2009 AT 8:24 PM

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