First off, as much as I enjoy listening to Car Talk, I am not, nor will I ever have the knowledge to do repairs myself (although I’m open to suggestions.)
I acquired a 2000 Eclipse from a friend of mine. Within 24 hours of having the car, it died, and I got a jump. Went to get the battery tested, the charge was around 55% and the guy told me that he could not test the alternator because the battery tested bad, but he got out a multimeter and told me that it was only outputting around 12v, and said that was all he could do.
The battery was brand new (replaced just before I got the car), and the alternator was replaced in January or February according to the previous owner.
I’ve been able to take the battery out and throw it on a charger, but for what it’s worth the terminals on the car are in very poor shape. Rusted out and seem very “finicky”, even if they are installed nice and tight, sometimes it still won’t supply power to the car and I have to adjust them. Obviously this might indicate that replacing the terminals would solve my issues, however, the alternator output should test fine then, yes?
So, there’s my situation. If anyone can make any suggestions, or maybe just tell me what I’m in for, that would be awesome.