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Q: My car only starts after jumping it and then dies a short time later

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I got into a fender bender a couple weeks ago and I got my car serviced and fixed, bu my car has died on me a couple times. After I jump the battery it seems to start but then it dies after awhile. Is it a battery issue? a starter issue? or an alternator issue?

My car has 120000 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

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