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1999 Cadillac Seville SLS Question: I was told my car was not starting because it needed a brand new alternator.

 

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goochdog, Phoenix, AZ, February 28, 2012, 00:43
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Put a brand new alternator in and the car still does not start. I'm wondering what the real problem is that is not allowing my car to start. Please if you have any answers for me. I would appreciate any suggestions that may fix the problem I'm having. Thank You

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    February 28, 2012, 01:43
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    There are many causes that may cause car don't start:
    Low battery;
    Loose or corroded battery cables;
    Bad starter relay wiring connections or ground connection;
    Bad starter relay/solenoid;
    Bad starter;
    Damaged starter drive or teeth on flywheel;
    Bad ignition switch;
    Engine seized due to bearing failure or internal damage;
    Engine hydrolocked due to coolant leak from leaky head gasket

    I suppose to eliminate and check those causes one by one.

    Good luck.

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    dale45 from Fairway Auto Repair, February 28, 2012, 06:41
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    Your car does not need an alternator to start.
    Whoever told you to put an alternator in to fix it should not be trusted.

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    April 12, 2012, 12:37
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    my car had the starter changed and Pep Boys put a hole in my transmission which caused fluids to leak where they weren't supposed.

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