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Q: Power and Charge on 2005 Mazda Tribute

Took kids to school, worked fine. Came home would not start. Husband jumped started it. Will not stay charged up like no charge in battery? Have been driving it with no major isssues.
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Certainly possible that the battery needs to be replaced. This is the typical serionaro how they fail nowdays. Easy to go get it tested and I reccommend the charging system be tested at same time. Most shops that provide service and repairs can do both for you and likely offer a good quality replacement battery if needed. Chain operated part stores offer battery testing but they typically do not have trained techs to do this testing.
Thanks for your advice. You sound like you know your way around cars. Just for the record, I live in the sticks not Othathe KS, this is just where the location popped up. I live 150 miles west of that. The largest city would be a 40 mile drive. We replaced the battery $106.00, drove it around for a day did fine went to another city (50 miles away) to pick up my son's daughter and it quit on the road. Went to the only station in town got the battery recharged and got it home. Now my son has it apart and his best friend he went to school with is a mechanic have the altenator off and taking it to be tested to another city 15 miles away have to order part $143.00 + tax will come ups the next day if old one is bad. Country living is great just a few minor things like this. The labor is cheap :)
I will advice what happens next!
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Sounds like you will get it fixed with the alternator......and thanks for the update...good luck.
Well the altenator was bad. My son replaced it for me and I am happy to say I am on the road again. I wish I had read the comment milesauto had made about testing the system to see if it was the altenator could have saved some trouble. Glad that it is fixed!
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