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Old 11-21-2005, 04:40 AM   #1
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Hi my name is Frank. I am 17 and I live in Miami, Fl with my girlfriend and her mom. When I moved in her mom just bought a new Honda Accord and decided to give her 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic to us. Since we didn't have enough money to buy anything else, we took it without a second look. Now we share the car. But it came with alot of problems. Her mom told us about the car before we got in it. She told us that the car would often die in the middle of the road. If you drove it over 60 it would overheat quickly and begin to smoke, it would stall alot, etc. I fixed what I could and took the rest to a mechanic. I drove it around for a week to make sure the car was working properly. Then 2 weeks later my girlfriend calls me saying that the car died in a parking lot and she couldnt get it going again. I replaced the battery and there werent any problems till 4 days later when I tried to start it up one morning and all it did was click. The car continues to be this way. I need to know what is wrong with the car, if i can fix it myself or if i have to take it in to a mechanic or if I have to buy a new car.
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Old 11-21-2005, 04:44 AM   #2
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Welcome to CF...I'll copy this to the R&M section of the Forum as you're not supposed to ask questions here
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Old 11-21-2005, 06:17 PM   #3
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If you just replaced the battery and it appears to be dead again. First check to make sure the grounds are tight on the battery and the small ground on the body of the car. If it is corroded clean it so it makes good contact to the body of the car and battery (cable maybe bad). Also it may be the altenator. Take it off and have auto zone check it for you. If it is bad they are not that expensive to replace with a rebuilt one. Also check to make sure the connections on the starter are not corroded and are making good contact.
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Old 11-21-2005, 07:05 PM   #4
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Hi my name is Frank. I am 17 and I live in Miami, Fl with my girlfriend and her mom. When I moved in her mom just bought a new Honda Accord and decided to give her 1994 Chevrolet Caprice Classic to us. Since we didn't have enough money to buy anything else, we took it without a second look. Now we share the car. But it came with alot of problems. Her mom told us about the car before we got in it. She told us that the car would often die in the middle of the road. If you drove it over 60 it would overheat quickly and begin to smoke, it would stall alot, etc. I fixed what I could and took the rest to a mechanic. I drove it around for a week to make sure the car was working properly. Then 2 weeks later my girlfriend calls me saying that the car died in a parking lot and she couldnt get it going again. I replaced the battery and there werent any problems till 4 days later when I tried to start it up one morning and all it did was click. The car continues to be this way. I need to know what is wrong with the car, if i can fix it myself or if i have to take it in to a mechanic or if I have to buy a new car.


Ok, what exactly did you fix and what did the mechanic fix? This may help us in troubleshooting your problem.
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Old 11-21-2005, 09:32 PM   #5
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Sounds like the car was abused. By the way youre 17 and live with your girlfriend? Where are your parents? Are you still in school. As for the car, I would first recomend getting a tuneup. There may be a lot of residue on the spark plugs, and thats causing them to not give off a strong spark, and making the car stall. Overheating could be a cooling hose. Do you have enough antifreze in there?
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Old 11-21-2005, 10:07 PM   #6
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If the (new) battery is dying surely you would suspect either a lack of charge from the alternator or something draining the battery when shutdown? Take it to an auto electrician and get some tests done.
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Old 11-22-2005, 01:10 AM   #7
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Sounds like the car was abused. By the way youre 17 and live with your girlfriend? Where are your parents? Are you still in school.

1. That is none of your business
2. That is none of our business.

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Old 11-22-2005, 01:23 AM   #9
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Let me think on that awhile.
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Old 11-22-2005, 08:40 PM   #10
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Hope this helps...

Sounds to me from what you posted that the only problem you have at the moment is the car not starting...most likely its your battery or alternator. Seeing that its a 94 its probably fuel injected, which uses the power the alternator produces to operate everything. If its your alternator, that could be causing the car to stall due to lack of power. Not starting would be caused by the same thing because your alternator is not charging your battery. You DO NOT have to take the alternator out to test it. Take it to a shop and ask them to test it for you. They can test both the battery and alternator by hooking up a tester right to your battery while the car is running. They might charge you a few bux to do it but probably not. If somethings bad they will probably just try to sell you something and get you to spend money there. If you have any experience with cars I would go to an autoparts store and just by an alternator and put it in yourself, otherwise you will pay alot more to have done. If they dont charge you anything to test it I would still suggest throwing then like 5 or 10 bux so next time you need something they will be more willing to help you. Anyway, good luck.
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Sounds to me from what you posted that the only problem you have at the moment is the car not starting...most likely its your battery or alternator. Seeing that its a 94 its probably fuel injected, which uses the power the alternator produces to operate everything. If its your alternator, that could be causing the car to stall due to lack of power. Not starting would be caused by the same thing because your alternator is not charging your battery. You DO NOT have to take the alternator out to test it. Take it to a shop and ask them to test it for you. They can test both the battery and alternator by hooking up a tester right to your battery while the car is running. They might charge you a few bux to do it but probably not. If somethings bad they will probably just try to sell you something and get you to spend money there. If you have any experience with cars I would go to an autoparts store and just by an alternator and put it in yourself, otherwise you will pay alot more to have done. If they dont charge you anything to test it I would still suggest throwing then like 5 or 10 bux so next time you need something they will be more willing to help you. Anyway, good luck.
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WTF is wrong with you people? How many times do I have to attempt to educate idiots and dispell rumours? The fuel injectors DO NOT use the power from the alternator to operate. The function of the vehicle's battery is to supply power for all electrical components. The function of the alternator is to recharge the battery. This is a very simple concept. If you want people to believe you have any automotive technical knowledge, at least try to give good information.
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1. That is none of your business
2. That is none of our business.

Just a thought.
Why dont you let him answer for himself. He is 17, not 7.
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WTF is wrong with you people? How many times do I have to attempt to educate idiots and dispell rumours? The fuel injectors DO NOT use the power from the alternator to operate. The function of the vehicle's battery is to supply power for all electrical components. The function of the alternator is to recharge the battery. This is a very simple concept. If you want people to believe you have any automotive technical knowledge, at least try to give good information.
So what youre saying is that a bettery never dies because the alternator charges it every time you run the car? Then how come peopel replace batteries. Its not because everyone leaves their headlights turned on all night.
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Why dont you let him answer for himself. He is 17, not 7.
If that's the case then why don't you let him speak up for himself. Pot, kettle, black.
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If that's the case then why don't you let him speak up for himself. Pot, kettle, black.
Im not stopping him from saying anything idiot
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