Hello! I'm trying to help out a friend with a problem she's having with her
This started two or three weeks ago. After driving for 15-25 blocks the car
will start to act as tho it running out of gas. It will 'sputter' for a
bit, and make a small back fire. The dash lights go out, the battery light
comes on, and the wipers makes one cycle, and the car quits running. When
they try to restart it, the battery has been drained. They tried jumping it
off another vehicle, and she says the only thing that happens is the starter
will click. (This may be because they aren't leaving the jumper cables on
long enough, and/or the jumper cables aren't carrying enough juice to start
the car.) So they take the battery out and go have it charged.
Two months ago she replaced the battery. The car has been taken to
AutoZone(?) where they tested the battery and the alternator and was told
both were all right. Her 'mechanic' then told her it must be the starter
that is draining the battery.
I used to have a V6 Ford engine that acted similar to this one, but we
eventually found out my problem was the distributor had gone bad. She
mentioned this to the above mechanic and he told her "...that can't be the
Any ideas, thoughts, suggestions, hints?
Thanks for any help you can provide!
By the sound of things, the alternator is toast. Having said that, if it was
true then the battery light should be on even before the engine dies. When
the battery light is on but the engine is off, the light is meaningless --
it is expected to be on at this time.