I was driving and battery light came on. Then dash lights...

I was driving and battery light came on. Then dash lights flashed. Then car engine shut down. While driving Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs? No. Would that make a car shut off while d...

I was driving and battery light came on. Then dash lights flashed. Then car engine shut down. While driving Mechanic's Assistant: Have you checked the fuses? The dashboard bulbs? No. Would that make a car shut off while driving it? It also did not restart Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model/year of your car? 2003 Jeep liberty Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Liberty yourself? What have you tried so far? I just replaced battery now n battery light still on Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the Mechanic to know before I connect you? Little bit anti freeze spot under water pump, cap also off reserve tank

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Perfect do you have access to a voltmeter ?

No. But mechanic said alternator read 13.77
Automotive Expert
Ok and this is when the battery light is on ?

Wasn't starting then today. So I changed out batteryCan antifreeze dripping cause this?Small leak?I'm no mechanic
Automotive Expert
The battery warning light being on and the battery discharging suggests an issue with the alternator not charging correctly .the small leak wont cause this issue

Cap was off antifreeze reserve tankOh ok
Automotive Expert
This issue will be separate and its likely that the cap just needs refitting and the water pump likely will need replacing

Mechanic suggested water pump but I still questioned because I thought why did it not start at all? Shut off
Automotive Expert
Water pump is leaking and will need replacement but wont cause the battery light

Okmay be alternator and water pump?!Ugh
Automotive Expert
I would get alternator tested first its likely the cause of the issue .the water pump if leaking will also need replacing

Ok. Alternator tested 13.77Mechanic said anything over 12 good
Automotive Expert
I suspect this is intermittent and if tested again will show the voltage is varying and at times dropping below

Got yaMakes more sense
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It will need testing again preferably with a charging system tester as this tests the diodes in the alternator to confirm the issue

Lights were dimming. Mechanic said battery had tested at 80% and good. Just thought I'd try save a bit n double check least expensive solutions as single parent
Automotive Expert
I feel your pain it needs testing properly to ensure but the battery light being on suggests a charging system fault

Ok. Thank you so much. Test diodes in the system w charging system tester. I thought Pep Boys would have used that...Makes sense
Automotive Expert
Most only use a volt meter and it doesn't give the full picture .

Now that you say that. I know he did. I remember he did say volts
Automotive Expert
Yeah sounds that way .keep me posted

I'm so glad to have this service! Hurray for uninformed single parents!Thank you so much
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I glad i could assist .your very welcome

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