Electrical maybe alternator? Or battery?

Asked by Sep 19, 2013 at 10:30 PM about the 1999 Hyundai Accent 2 Dr L Hatchback

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

My battery and emergency brake lights came on but only dimly lit, then the stereo
started turning on and off, then the lights and signals started blinking really fast, then I
lost power steering and the car died. Cleaned off the battery post which had a fair
amount of battery acid on it and recharged the battery. Car ran for two days no
problems and suddenly again  all the same problems showed up. Checked the water in
the battery, everything is good. So now im looking into alternator problems, everything
looks connected fine. I just replaced the alternator in January of 2012 so just over a
year and a half ago. Does anyone know if this sounds like an alternator problem or just
an electrical problem? -Thanks Jules.

1 Answer

The battery is like asking your grandpa to take your barbell collection to the attic...in short these days batteries have NO LEAD, but tin/antimony alloy..and only last around five years before they stop accepting a charge....10% per year is what the Engineers say...so get a NEW battery...when you do grab a coarse wirebrush and take off the lug at the end of the black cable, the one that attaches to the fender/ground/chassis and wirebrush that spot too...till shiny and happy to take on a 300 amp connection...more amps = fatter wires...else the wire will start welding and turn red setting everything on fire~! so clean the cable end to the chassis...this will restore grounding to the fuel pump, the ignition and the ECU~

6 out of 6 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Electrical problem in a 2002 Hyundai Accent GL 4 answers

    The battery died over night. I replaced the battery as it was dead, drove the car without problem and parked for the night, the car died over night. I replaced the alternator and the battery. Drove th...

    2002 Hyundai Accent GL

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Could a short in the wiper motor cause my alternator to die? 8 answers

    I bought a brand new alternator two months ago, the battery now wont hold a charge, and the alternator doesn't work. The wipers haven't worked for a few months, previously they wouldn't turn off u...

    1999 Hyundai Accent 2 Dr L Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • starting issue 3 answers

    2005 Hyundai Accent 70,000 miles manual 5 speed So I bought the car from a dude in Texas about 2 years ago. There were no starting issues within the few months I owned the vehicle until it randomly...

    2005 Hyundai Accent GLS Hatchback

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • battery light flashes and car dies while driving! what's the problem? 1 answer

    Just bought the car today and it died as I was driving home! The electric was working fine, but the battery light did flash as the engine shut down. I waited and tried to start it several times ov...

    2011 Hyundai Accent GLS

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • Modern Cars/Batteries 3 answers

    Every winter I get stuck with a dead battery. For the first 10 years or so this didn't happen. I spent big bucks on a new alternator, wiring, and the best battery possible, but like clockwork, de...

    2003 Hyundai Accent

    -

    General

Search Hyundai Accent Questions

Hyundai Accent Experts

#1 dvigano
dvigano
Reputation 960
#2 karibt
karibt
Reputation 940
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 740
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Hyundai Elantra
464 Great Deals out of 51,570 listings starting at $1,699
Used Honda Civic
490 Great Deals out of 80,689 listings starting at $558
Used Toyota Corolla
733 Great Deals out of 74,412 listings starting at $900
Used Hyundai Sonata
500 Great Deals out of 49,794 listings starting at $1,300
Used Ford Focus
517 Great Deals out of 55,310 listings starting at $1,495
Used Honda Accord
699 Great Deals out of 82,115 listings starting at $500
Used Toyota Camry
840 Great Deals out of 91,189 listings starting at $1,300
Used Nissan Altima
792 Great Deals out of 77,316 listings starting at $470
Used Nissan Sentra
453 Great Deals out of 53,379 listings starting at $2,000
Used Toyota Yaris
110 Great Deals out of 13,546 listings starting at $1,995
Used Ford Fiesta
97 Great Deals out of 15,391 listings starting at $3,895

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Hyundai Accent For Sale
4,271 listings starting at $10,500
2016 Hyundai Accent For Sale
40 Great Deals out of 2,759 listings starting at $7,990
2015 Hyundai Accent For Sale
59 Great Deals out of 2,400 listings starting at $7,500
2014 Hyundai Accent For Sale
17 Great Deals out of 726 listings starting at $6,490
2013 Hyundai Accent For Sale
22 Great Deals out of 673 listings starting at $5,750