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11-10-2012 02:40 PM
Mphillips717 Well I just had alt battery and starter retested and they all passed now I'm going to check all the wiring
11-10-2012 02:01 PM
leh0825 also check all your grounds and connections for corrosion/tightness.
11-10-2012 11:09 AM
mikeeshaq From BX_ZX3
""1. Get a multimteter ""

Harbor Freight is your friend. They have a multimeter that goes anywhere from $0.0 to $10.00 [same meter]

Harbor Freight has a full page add in such magazines as Pop Sci, Pop Mech, NRA magazine etc etc etc

Trying to troubleshoot electrical problems w/o a multimeter is like trying to fake a screwdriver out of a coin gripped by a wrench

Still don't know about auto electricity?
YouTube is your friend also
Type in battery, alternator, multimeter
There are all sorts of videos of varying quality
11-10-2012 10:52 AM
1sloho
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Originally Posted by BC_ZX3 View Post
I suspect your alternator has failed again or there is a wiring problem - regardless of the cause, your charging system is not functional - and you're simply draining/destroying batteries. The clicking sound is the starter relay not getting sufficient juice and stalling while driving indicates to me the car is/was running on battery power alone. There was likely nothing ever wrong with the starter motor as stated by iminhell.
i second this. i had a shitty rebuilt autozone alt and it died within a couple months. they may be cheaper but, the quality is horrible. bought a brand new alt and never had a problem. but also check ur wires like stated.
11-10-2012 10:39 AM
BC_ZX3 Some more suggestions for you:

1. Get a multimteter so you can measure the output of the alternator and state of charge of the battery yourself. As a preliminary check, the battery voltage should be above 12V with the car off, and 14.5V+ when running. Also the charging system wiring and connectors that join various charging system components should be inspected thoroughly for chafes/shorts and breaks; the Focus is known for a dodgy alternator connector plug as mentioned by sleepyboy. Remove and clean the battery terminals thoroughly and check for tightness.

2. Don't assume a part is good simply because it was already replaced. Test it again. I'm referring to your Autozone alternator which seems to have a very spotty reputation for quality on this site. The usual advice is to have an automotive electrician rebuild your original one.

I suspect your alternator has failed again or there is a wiring problem - regardless of the cause, your charging system is not functional - and you're simply draining/destroying batteries. The clicking sound is the starter relay not getting sufficient juice and stalling while driving indicates to me the car is/was running on battery power alone. There was likely nothing ever wrong with the starter motor as stated by iminhell.
11-10-2012 09:03 AM
Mphillips717 Ok I'm sorry I was unclear, I would be driving and out of nowhere the car would stall out so I took it to auto zone and they checked the battery said it was fine but noted the alt. needed checked so I removed the alternator and took it up there to get tested, afterwards they found it was bad so I replaced it, it ran for about a month seeming fine and one day it would not start so I took the battery to autozone and it was bad so I replaced it on August 16 2012 it ran fine up until the other night. when I attempted to start it the starter was just clicking so I removed it and took it to autozone and they tested it which failed so I replaced it. While replacing the starter, the battery died completely. I removed the battery and took it to auto zone where they charged it fully, I brought it home, installed it and after only ten minutes of driving it lost all lights and then it stalled out, got jumped and it did the same again. Sorry for being unclear using mobile device previously.
11-10-2012 02:48 AM
amc49 Charge the battery FULLY on a charger, auto stores now do it for free. Driving a car for 10 minutes does not do that, battery being low on charge will simply fool you into buying more unnecessary stuff. Get alternator checked for output too.

More details again like they say, your story is wide open at this point, meaning 50 things could be wrong there.
11-10-2012 12:32 AM
sleepyboy You replaced everything except the wires. That would be my next thought, also the alternator pigtail likes to get pulled out causing problems. Other than that you need you clarify what is exactly happening like iminhell said.
11-10-2012 12:03 AM
iminhell
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Originally Posted by Mphillips717 View Post
I have an 05 zx4 with 135000 miles it started dying, replaced the alternator seemed to run fine for about a month then started dying again so I replaced the battery, ran well for a month again and now I have replaced the starter and while doing that the battery completely died so I charged it which took about ten minutes of driving the car completely died out what could possibly be wrong????

I'm not following your though process of throwing parts at the car ...


"started dying" - how? Did the lights dim then the car shut off? were lights flickering?
The battery is generally most often found to be 'bad' when the car will not crank.
The starter has very little impact on anything I see you problem could be.
But,
I need more info on this "dying" thing first.
11-09-2012 10:04 PM
sam fisher your thread is now in it , he moved you
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