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Old 07-23-2013, 01:24 PM   #1
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Question Alternator failed after messing with radio

I have an aftermarket 1000W amp installed in my car. I originally installed it with the stock head unit, and it was working with no issues, but I forgot to reattach the antenna.

Since then, I've been using it directly connected to my iPhone with RCA cables for the past few years with no issues. Yesterday I reconnected the antenna to the head unit and I think I may have stressed some wires when removing the radio from the car. 5 minutes later the car wont start. We jump it, and it runs, but then 2-3 miles later it shuts down (while running) and wont start.

Tow it to the dealer, they say the alternator and battery need replacement, to the tune of $900 (including diagnostic + towing fee).

I'm wondering if they have really found the problem here, or if they're just going to replace the alternator only to have it fail again due to some short in the electrical system.

Any thoughts?

Car is a 2004 ZTS 4-door with 2.3L duratec

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This should be moved to the audio and electronics section.

Did you hear anything short?

Depending on the amp, a few years of running 1,000 watts on stock electrical is all that one can expect to be honest.

That said, $900.00 is way too high IMO
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