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Q: I think my alternator needs to be replaced

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My car wont start and before it died my lights started to dim all my gauges stopped working and then i lost my radio we jumped started it and it started right up but we almost didnt make it home

My car has 156 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Hi there. What you’re describing is commonl...

Hi there. What you’re describing is commonly associated with a bad or failing alternator or a bad alternator relay. If you would like a professional to assist you with this repair, contact a professional mobile technician, such as one from YourMechanic, to come and replace your alternator for you.

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