car cutting off while driving

Asked by May 10, 2015 at 06:32 AM about the 1997 Nissan Sentra XE

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

While driving accessory lights flickered on car started losing power and finially shut off. After finding cause which was alternator belt, i changed it and power steering at same time. after done engine cranked up and i drove away. after about 50-60 miles of driving same symptoms started happening again, and car shut off. i checked the belts and they were both intact so now im stumped..

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Put a volt meter on your alternator. See if it's putting out 14 volts. Put the volt meter on your battery with the engine off. It sounds like you have a bad alternator or battery. If you battery is not a solid 12, it may have a dry cell. If 5 years old, you should replace it anyway.

just bought the battery thursday. so its gotta be alternator.. ugh

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