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1998 Hyundai Sonata Question: alternator?

 

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jazzyblulover, 6 Cylinder, San Antonio, TX, January 30, 2010, 23:01
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My car doesnt start but the lights and everything turn on. I was told its the alterntor but want to be sure before I buy the part. Is there anything I can do to be positively sure its the alternator?

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, January 31, 2010, 11:13
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    Have you tried jump starting the vehicle? Is the battery OK?
    You need to have a good battery and a running engine to properly diagnose the charging system, so do that first before even thinking about replacing the alternator. This may best left to a shop, they can test this out in about a half hour.

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    January 07, 2011, 10:35
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    First: check if the battery is OK if not change or charge
    second: get a muti tester check the voltage of the battery Note: Engine is Running.
    It should register 13.8 - 14 volts DC. if below the specified volts@ 13.8 there's something wrong on the alternator voltage regulator.( need to change).
    But in regards to your problem I think there something wrong on the starter motor/solenoid. or on the wiring itself./ fuses.

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