Q: The dealership accidentally cut my car off, can I get a jump to start it again?

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They are verifying the payment but while I'm waiting I'm being offered a jump. I didn't know if that would help or tear the car up.

My car has 105085 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A jumps start certainly will not hurt your vehicle, however this suggests that you may have an issue with a weak or dead battery or possibly a bad alternator. As you may know, the alternator is responsible for charging the battery while the engine runs by generating amperage and recharging the battery while the engine turns the alternator. The voltage regulator is a unit that regulates the charging of the battery by the alternator and maintaining a certain amperage while the engine runs. When the alternator is not working properly, this may result in the battery quickly losing charge and the car losing all power as you have described. You may also notice a whining sound as a result of the bearings inside the alternator begin to fail. I would recommend having an expert from YourMechanic come to your location to diagnose and inspect your charging system.

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