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A couple of days ago, I my alternator went out. I bought a new one, replaced it, and my car worked fine for the rest of the day. The next day, however, it wouldn’t crank. I checked the battery - 11 volts. I jumped it off, it ran fine on my way to work. Got off work eight hours later, it wouldn’t crank. So on and so forth. The battery is holding charge and the alternator is charging it, but if it sits for a few hours it won’t crank without a jump. If it’s ten minutes or less, it will crank back up on it’s own.

Mechanic's Assistant: Does the battery look like it's leaking? And does it have a strong smell -- like sulfur?

It doesn’t appear to be. The connectors and terminals were a little corroded so I cleaned those and replaced the connectors with brand new ones - still won’t crank.

Mechanic's Assistant: What is the make/model of your car?

03 Honda Accord Ex 4 cylinder

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

I am. So far I’ve just tried replacing the connectors and cleaning the battery terminals.

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

The battery is about 5 years old, but if it’s holding charge, it should still crank up without a jump, I would think.

Submitted: 10 months ago.Category: Honda
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Mechanic for Honda: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago
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Mechanic for Honda: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago

ok first thing we need to address is the battery, I would take it in to the local auto parts store and have them run a load test on it and see if the battery is good, once new/old battery is back in car check charging system and see what your getting at battery voltage wise with volt meter

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Customer reply replied 10 months ago
I took the battery to get tested at AutoZone before I changed my alternator and they said it was fine. Should I take it again now that I’ve replaced the alternator?
Mechanic for Honda: Mechanic01, ASE Certified Technician replied 10 months ago

if they say its fine then it shouldnt have any issues days later, so next thing is to get the car running and check the charging, if thats ok, I would perform a draw test on the system, it sound like you may have a draw in the system

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