alternator or battery

Asked by Sep 05, 2015 at 11:35 PM about the 2002 Mazda Protege5 4 Dr STD Wagon

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Hello my Mazda protege 5 2002 just
started to driving slowly and the gauges
was jumping around everything starting
going dim on the car then my lights on
my car started flicking and wen we came
to a stop the car shut down I noticed that
the car stereo had cut completely off and
the wind shield wipers were moving very
slowly and wen we stopped it shut down
and would not start we had the car
jumped 2 times and it started but only for

a min then it cut right back off is this the
battery or alternator

2 Answers

1,995

Alternator. if it was the battery the car would have kept running till you shut it off and then it wouldnt start. the car will run on the alternator alone. but if the alternator is bad the car will just die out as the battery voltage goes down.

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1,315

best to take both down to a auto parts store and have them tested if the battery has a short it could cause it to stop

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