My alternator died a few months back, replaced it with a brand new one. Yesterday my brake light and battery light came on, which is what happened last time the alt went bad. On my way to a mechanic it completely lost engine power but not electrical. I had The gas peddle to the floor and it wouldn’t move but it was still running, all electrical still working and didn’t dim. Pulled into a parking lot, turned it off and tried restarting it and it wouldn’t even try to turn over but all electrical still worked normally. I turned it off and set for about 15 minutes waiting for help and then it started right back up and I was Able to drive about two miles normally before it did the same thing over again.
I got it to a mechanic and they tested the alternator and said it wasn’t charging. They replaced it and it ran fine last night but this morning my car would barely start and kept trying to die unless I gave it gas. I had to make a two hour trip home and the car did fine but the temp gauge never moved from cold. At first I thought the thermostat might have been stuck open but the heat worked. I’m confused by the whole chain of events and wonder why I never Lost electrical power and why I lost engine power if the alternator was the only problem. The car is starting fine now but I’m worried something else is about to go wrong.