Second opinion] Just replaced the alternator in my 2013 V...

Second opinion] Just replaced the alternator in my 2013 V6 Chevy Camaro. I've noticed that the car is having trouble turning over. I have to push the gas pedal a few times before it will finally turn over. After driving short dist...

Second opinion] Just replaced the alternator in my 2013 V6 Chevy Camaro. I've noticed that the car is having trouble turning over. I have to push the gas pedal a few times before it will finally turn over. After driving short distances (less than 10 miles) my car dies after I turn it off. Driving longer distances will not kill my battery upon turning car off. Mechanic's Assistant: Have you tested the battery with a voltmeter? And can you see if it's leaking or not? I'm unable to test with a voltmeter. The car has one in the inside dash, it reads at 12-14 during idle and drive time. No leaks anywhere. Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Camaro yourself? What have you tried so far? I would like to fix it myself. I have not tried anything thus far. I'm puzzled at what could be happening.

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Hi there, I am Cam. I am licensed automotive technician with more than 20 years experience. I will be happy to assist you today. 

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Kelli, so I suggest to start with you remove the battery and have it tested at a part store. The difficulty turning over suggests battery or connection. Also Kelli its important that this is done at a part store or shop because the test they preform cannot be done properly at home.

If you don't mind me asking, what makes you suspect the battery and not the starter, or the compression and timing?
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Age of the vehicle to start with Kelli. Given what you mentioned, we need to a start with power. IF the power is weak from the battery, if there is a bad connection or anything like that, it can cause many issues. So starting with the battery is always the best place to begin. As for timing or compression, do you have a reason to suspect those? What is the history of this issue on the car?

I just replaced the alternator about 3 weeks ago. That's about all I've had to do to it, just a few minor repairs here and there. (Replace tires or fuses, change light bulbs, ect.)
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The odds then of something major like timing are not as high, but again, always start with power.

The only reason I question the compression and timing is due to how irregular the car dies. Some days it starts completely fine, other days it's a very slow start. Depending on driving distance, the car dies after turning it off on short distances. Longer driving distances shows no problems after turning the car off and back on again.
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And even hearing that I would still lean more to a connection, but it could be a battery connection for the negative to the chassis or [engine](/topics-engine-chevy/) block, main power to the fuse block. I would spend a bunch of time simply inspecting wiring, look for anything obvious, wires chafing and such.

It was just a curiosity question, more for my benefit. I enjoy knowing the reasoning behind suggestions. Not trying to imply I'm more knowledgeable whatsoever ever! Knowing my luck, it just needs a new battery and I'm overthinking it. Haha.
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No problem at all, knowledge is power. I hope it is as simple as battery or connection. Honestly anything past 3 years is borrowed time on a battery.

Thank you very much!
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You are most welcome Kelli. Stay safe and healthy out there.

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