Is it my alternator?

Asked by Jan 02, 2017 at 10:21 PM about the 2004 Chevrolet Malibu

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My battery light has been flashing in my car
so I bought a new battery and thought the
car was fine well I pulled into the parking lot
of Walmart and the car cut off and wouldn't
come back on, I got a jump and the car
came on but as soon as the cables were
removed the car cut off and I also noticed
the steering wheel locked up and my abs
light is on could this be my alternator?

2 Answers

98,345

Possibly, but this car has a computer controlled charging system, so if the computer is not commanding the alternator on then it won't charge the battery, so the diagnostics went from simple tools to needing more specialized equipment, thus increasing the diagnostic time.

73,035

In short, you need to have the charging system checked.

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