Batterylight 99 Escort

MY car, not really having problems, all of a sudden the battery light started flickering for awhile, then [size:8b5c3edd54][/size:8b5c3edd54]the car slowly started dying.
the lights got dimmer, then the battery light went completely on. We tried jumping but only left on long enough to try and start it. The car acts like it wants to start but it doesnt. Is it the battery that needs changed or the alternator and battery?
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Can't say for sure; check alternator output voltage with a voltmeter. Better yet, INSTALL a voltmeter gauge permanently (somewhere that the driver can see it).
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wrote:

chuck an alternater at it
hurc ast
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