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Old 10-19-2019, 07:14 PM   #1
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Question Battery Dead. Jumped car and it died while driving

Hi I was wondering if anyone has any insight on what's going on with my 96 SC2. I was having trouble starting my car when it was hot after driving it so I replaced the starter yesterday and that fixed the issue. Everything was good and today I drove it to work no problem.
When I got done work my car wouldn't start and it was obvious that the battery was dead (had something plugged in the cigarette lighter outlet) so I got it jumped and let it idle to charge the battery a little before I drove home. In the middle of my drive I tried to turn the headlights on and the radio turned off so I figured I should just drive without them on and let it charge more. Then while I was driving the gauges were turning on and off and the coolant temp was jumping from off to the correct temperature. All the gsuge lights that come on when you first set the car to run were turning on and off.

. Eventually it died while I was driving. Is this normal with a dead battery after you jump it? Is my alternator bad? The serpentine belt was spinning while it was running so I'm assuming the water pump was working and I didn't overheat the engine. Sorry for the long paragraph but any thoughts would help.

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Old 10-19-2019, 08:41 PM   #2
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Default Re: Battery Dead. Jumped car and it died while driving

I should also mention that while it was running the battery light wasn't on and the battery is fairly new (1 year old)

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Old 10-19-2019, 09:08 PM   #3
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Default Re: Battery Dead. Jumped car and it died while driving

Does the battery light come on when the key is turned to the RUN position, or is it burned out?

You need to determine if the battery has a bad cell, or an alternator issue.

Battery connections are clean and tight?

Have a voltmeter handy?
Tell us what voltage you have across the 2 terminals with engine off.
It should be around 12.5ish vdc.
If you can start it, check the battery voltage while engine is running.
It should be around 14.5ish vdc IF alternator is doing its job.
If the car won't start, or the initial battery voltage is less than 12 volts, use a 120 volt charger and charge the battery: when the charger is done, recheck battery voltage and see what you have.

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Old 10-19-2019, 10:06 PM   #4
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Does the battery light come on when the key is turned to the RUN position, or is it burned out?

You need to determine if the battery has a bad cell, or an alternator issue.

Battery connections are clean and tight?

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The battery light does turn on when Key is turned to run. it goes off after the car is started. I just took the battery to AutoZone for a quick charge and after the charge it was tested and got a little bit less than the 12v it's was supposed to get (11.7). The guy said it might have a bad cell I have a multimeter that I'll use to test battery and alternator tomorrow.

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Old 10-19-2019, 10:10 PM   #5
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I swapped to another old battery (probably bad) for the drive back and forth to AutoZone (5 minutes away). I noticed the car was driving weird. At first it was normal but I noticed it was driving at a Lower rpm then usual when I was letting it coast and the transmission started to not downshift or shift very slowly. Eventually the car started to die with this second battery which never happened when I was using it before. I'm assuming it is the alternator

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Old 10-20-2019, 03:19 AM   #6
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Default Re: Battery Dead. Jumped car and it died while driving

Quick check.


With the engine running you should see 14v to 15v DC.

If it is - the likely fault is battery. If it is under 14v even when revved to over 2000 rpm - the alternator is likely toast.

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Old 10-19-2019, 09:39 PM   #7
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Default Re: Battery Dead. Jumped car and it died while driving

Sounds like the alternator isn't doing its job.
Things to test would be the alternator itself,
the serpentine belt, and the belt tensioner.

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