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Old 09-07-2012, 12:35 PM   #2
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Alternator is an easy sell for a shady mechanic, if the car needed one or not.
Car comes in with any charging problem, even just a loose battery cable:
"your car needed a new alternator, and this battery cable needed to be replaced also."

Running in full charge mode continuously can kill an alternator, so trying to have your new alternator try and charge your dead battery can result in immediate alternator failure.
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