Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: Car turns off

asked by on

Yesterday night I started the car and started driving. The car started with no problem, but when I turned on my windshield wipers they were moving very slowly, then I turned on my high Beams and they started to dim out. I parked turned the car off them tried to turn it back on but all i hears was it trying to turn over. I jump started it them started driving again, turned on my lights and windshield wipers and lights dimmed out and windshield wipers moved slowly again. then I came to a stop light. When It turned green I let go of brake and it rolled back. Do you think the problem is a bad alternator or something else? Because even when the car rolled back it still was running, just had no power to it

My car has 152000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: The problem sounds like your alternator has...

The problem sounds like your alternator has stopped charging the car. This will cause the car to have weak electronics like what you are experiencing. Have the charging system double checked, and if verified as the fault, replace the bad alternator.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: check break system and indicators of side brake, doors open,and traction system and full light warning in dash board

Hi there, thanks for writing in. It sounds like you are having a serious electrical malfunction, which is very hard to diagnose without being able to look at the car first hand. The first step to diagnosing your electrical issue...

Q: No Heat, blower works fine

If you verify that the engine is getting up to the normal operation temperature of at least 180 degrees and stays there and the two heater hoses should be hot. When you turn on the heater and put it on...

Q: Car starts then stops

You may have an alternator issue. If your engine starts and dies shortly afterwards, that is a symptom of a bad alternator. If the alternator has failed, the vehicle will then run all of its electronics off of the battery....

Related articles

How Do Power Car Windows Increase Passenger Safety?
Power windows are responsible for approximately 2,000 emergency room visits every year. When a power window closes, it exerts enough force to bruise or break bones, crush fingers, or restrict an airway. Though...
What Causes Hoses to Leak?
While the largest part of your engine is mechanical, hydraulics plays a significant role. You’ll find fluids at work in a number of different areas. Your car's fluids include: Engine oil Transmission...
How Long Does a Heater Control Valve Last?
Keeping the right amount of coolant in a car is essential in keeping the engine at the right temperature. Failing to have the right amount of coolant or even bad elements...