Car idles down and dies

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Asked by Feb 21, 2016 at 12:55 AM

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I just put a new alternator and serpentine belt on
my car a few days ago. The night I brought it home
it would die when I would come to a stop. That
didn't  bother me much. but today I was driving and
all the symptoms of a bad alternator started
happening. I got it home by turning everything off
including the lights. As soon as I got in my
driveway it died. 10 minutes later I tryd to start it
and it starts fine and idles fine so I turn my lights
radio heat etc on to see if it was the alternator and
it died when I turned all that on. This has plagued
me for almost 2 weeks ever since the old
alternator went out. Also the oil pressure Guage
quit working even though I have the right amount
of oil is it related??? It can't be the alternator or the
battery if I can get it to start after letting it sit for a
few minutes right? The car is a 90 eclipse.

10 Answers

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These cars have issues with the negative battery cable connections. Check and clean where it connects to battery, frame and motor. This will cause your sort of issues

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It doesn't look dirty or anything. I checked it when I made sure they were secure. But I'll double check now.

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What do you mean by Frame and motor

101,795

The negative battery cable goes from your battery and bolts to the frame and then it bolts to the motor.

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I cleaned them and started it and it runs good but once I turn my lights heat and radio on it starts to die still

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Then I turned it off and once again it wouldn't start. It just turns over and cranks a few times followed by clicking

101,795

might just be an idle air control valve dirty/faulty or dirty throttle plate also causing this.

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Is that an expensive repair?

101,795

Cleaning them you can do yourself

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I would but I have no tools or money at the moment. The car won't even start now. It just turns over.

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