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Old 02-22-2011, 12:50 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Car Died! Need Help

last night i was driving home and my brake and battery light both came on at the same time and after about 10 minutes my gas pedal went dead and my car wouldn't rev up and i put my hazards on to pull over and that caused my headlights to start flashing and my radio shut off and all my lights went very dim and then the car just died...Any suggestions? i was thinking alternator but i don't wanna go ripping it out and buying a new one if it could be something else


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Sounds a lot like the alternator. Get it tested with a multimeter or a battery tester if u dont wanna rip the alternator out.
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last night i was driving home and my brake and battery light both came on at the same time and after about 10 minutes my gas pedal went dead and my car wouldn't rev up and i put my hazards on to pull over and that caused my headlights to start flashing and my radio shut off and all my lights went very dim and then the car just died...Any suggestions? i was thinking alternator but i don't wanna go ripping it out and buying a new one if it could be something else


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Holy run on sentence


Alternator is my guess
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And and and and Alternator FTL!!!
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Your alternator is too weak and it drained out your battery. The pedal feeling is when the car turns off while you're driving.

Test the alternator by doing the following:
  1. Perform a dry run of the test first so you know exactly what to do. The car engine must be running to perform the actual test, but going through the steps with the engine off will make the entire process easier.
  2. Locate your alternator under the hood; it will have a pulley belt attached to it.
  3. Check the pulley belt that turns the alternator pulley for tightness; do this while the engine is off. The belt should be tight enough so that, when pressed down with your thumb in a center section away from the pulleys, you have no more than an inch or so of slack in the belt. Check the condition of the belt for signs of breaks or serious cracks. If you see either, a new belt may be in order. For the alternator to create energy to the battery, the alternator pulley must be able to turn smoothly.
  4. Set the reading on your volt meter to 20 V (volts) setting.
  5. Start the engine and be very cautious that you keep your hands, clothing and jewelry away from the moving engine parts, such as fan blades, pulleys and belts. Observe the alternator pulley to be sure that the belt is turning the pulley and not skipping. If it is not, chances are that your belt is damaged or is too loose--either of these should be corrected before you can perform a proper test.

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Alternator.
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Either had the belt break or the alternator failed.
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ALTERNATOR .
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Default Re: Car Died! Need Help

Whenever the battery & brake lights come on its automatically your alternator. Are your settings for the auto shut-off lights on too long? This happened to my friends and it was because his settings were on too long.
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^^ what he said..Battery light comes on %99 of the time its the alternator

they should just make a cool alternator light in cars, be more exciting when it happens lol
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lol!!!!! This guy ^^^, but not a bad idea
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ALTERNATE POWER SOURCE..= Alternator need a new one
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Had that happen to me less then a month ago. Alternator replaced and it hasn't happened again.
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