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I also have a Nissan Sentra that has repeat alternator

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I also have a Nissan Sentra that has repeat alternator problems. I've put 4 alternators in the car in the last 2 years. The last one lasted about 30 minutes. Were there any suggestions for what to check?1993 Nissan Sentra, 267K miles
JA: What year is your Sentra?
Customer: 993 Nissan Sentra
JA: Are you fixing your Sentra yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: it's in the auto shop
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: no

Hello and welcome!

My name is ***** ***** I can assist you with your question.

I am very sorry your having this issue with your vehicle.

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When a new alternator is installed, does it charge for a bit and then stop working?

If so, how long does it charge for?

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
about 35min

Thank you for that information.

Have you had the battery load tested?

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
no

I would certainly do that first as a faulty battery can prevent the alternator from charging.

Also, have you checked the inputs to the back of the alternator when this no charge condition occurs?

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
The alternator check bad and I have had them replaced 4 times by PepBoys

Ok, then if they all check out bad, that means you're getting low-quality alternators. It is as simple as that.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
will a battery cause a alternator to go bad or time

YES, it is possible. That is why you should get it load tested.

Customer: replied 28 days ago.
I taking my car to a Buick dealership today after having Pep Boys put for Alternators on and they put another Alternator and it went bad also so I will have a battery test next thank you. I have spent about $1,200 on this problem. thank you again I appreciate it you have a good one okay

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