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why am i suddenly having a charging issue
My 05 3.5SE has been running just fine without issue. Went to a drive in movie and only started it once for a few minutes. Movie ends, car starts up, but it sounded like a it struggled just a little but otherwise a-ok.
I notice immediately my battery and brake light were on. Figured maybe since the battery is low, this is a message was telling me an issue. Drove it home find, drove it around town okay but the lights were on. Suddenly while driving my gas pedal stopped responding then it would work again. Happened a few times when I tried to go back home. Then at somepoint it just would not work. Turn it off, barely restarts. Leave it idling 15 min at like 4k rpm to try and charge it, no dice. Now other warnings lights are coming in (abs, CEL). Turn it off, wont restart, starter goes click click click.
I had AAA test and he said the alternator looked fine (but he was a noop and had trouble with his machine, so I dont trust his judgement. Take battery to autozone and they said it was bad, they couldnt charge it at all so I got a new one.
Fires right up, but the battery and brake light are still on. Quick search here shows a failure of the charging system. I am going to autozone or wherever to have them test the alternator. But what gives, why I am having all these issues suddenly after letting it drain a little too low. Sounds like both my battery and alternator shit the bed when the charge was too low.