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My radio says low battery and my car just shut off. And my…

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My radio says low...

My radio says low battery and my car just shut off. And my lights

Mechanic's Assistant: How old is the battery? And have you tested it with a voltmeter?

My battery is new. Just bought it a week ago.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the model/year of your Ford?

2006 ford focus

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Focus yourself? What have you tried so far?

I just had a new alternator put in. And now it seems that its failing again

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 10 months ago
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Hi, My name is Jay

Did you replace the alternator with a new one from Ford or was an aftermarket one used?

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 10 months ago

There is a known problem with the aftermarket alternators for this vehicle since the alternator charging rate is controlled by the engine computer and these aftermarket alternators have a high failure rate when compared to the new or rebuilt ones from the dealer. I recommend using a dealer only part to replace the alternator and have the computer tested for any problems with its charging control circuit.

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Ford Mechanic: Jaybird61, ASE Certified Master Technician replied 10 months ago

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