Q: My car isn't staying charged after a jump, it lasts about two minutes before the engine dies. I'm wondering if it's the alternator.

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We try to jump it and it will stay running but by the time we put it in reverse it putters out. We can't even get it to stay running so we are wondering if it is the the alternator or battery. Thank you.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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