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Q: No power - - won't start on 2001 Oldsmobile Alero

The first of Dec., the battery seemed low but the car started and I went off down the road. About a mile from home, the car died, and it was like the battery had gone completely dead. Called service. Got started, make it to the local parts store, replaced the battery. Did the rest of my errands - no problems - next day car started first try - four days later battery dead - no dash board lights -nothing Had to charge my portable bettery jumper but ws finally able to get the car started for all of about 5 minutes - then engine would die - no power - no start - finally called my friend who let me borrow his battery charger. Charged the battery - car started AND KEPT ON RUNNING - decided to run some errands (it was now Christmas Eve) Car ran and started thru 3 errands - the last one - died again and would not stay running - jumped three times - called tow truck - tried charging battery again - no power - will not be jumped - HELP - I need my car - I'm unemployed - no money
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Check the battery cables for corrosion. If corrosion is found, remove the rubber covers and clean the cable ends with a wire brush and spray with WD-40 and wipe off the excess. Replace the rubber covers and the bolts in the cable ends as necessary. If no corrosion is found, check to make sure your charging system is working correctly.
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