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1998 Mazda B3000 cuts off after battery is jumped off


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craigslister824
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Aug 7, 2010, 3:00 PM

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Hello, and thank you in advance for your help.

My son's truck is a 1996 Madza B3000 truck 3.0 V6 with more than 167,000 miles.
It cut off while he was driving today. He said that first the air conditioner went off, then the radio cut off, then the gauges quit working and finally the truck cut off. My husband jumped the truck off and it cranked fine. He left the radio and air conditioner off and was following us home. He hadn't driven probably even a half mile and the truck started slowing down, sputtering and cut off again. What could it be?


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Aug 7, 2010, 3:26 PM

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Sounds like a bad alternator. If you give the battery a good charge and don't run the lights or A/C, you should be able to get it home to replace it.



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craigslister824
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Aug 7, 2010, 5:13 PM

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Smile Wow, you guys are the best! Thanks for the advice and the quick response!


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Aug 7, 2010, 5:15 PM

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Obviously check all the basics first like the fuses and the drive belt.



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craigslister824
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Aug 8, 2010, 6:31 AM

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Ok. And if it does happen to be the alternator...do you also have to buy a new battery and replace the old battery when you replace the alternator?


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Aug 8, 2010, 6:53 AM

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No, you can have it tested to be sure but it should be able to just be recharged. Be sure to do that before starting the car with a new alternator because over stressing the new alternator on a dead battery can make the new alternator fail right away.



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