Ford Escort Alternator problems

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#1

My mother has 97 ford escort that has a problem that has been giving me fits. It has only 41K on it and not the alternator seems to have gone out or that is what I think is the problem. About two weeks ago she called me to come and get her since the battery was dead, a quick jump and we were back up and running. Seeing that the battery was ove five years old, I decided to replace it thinking that was the problem, since once we had her running the alternator was working fine. About a week later the same problem comes up again after she had driven it for a week and the battery was rained again. I gave the battery an overnight slow charge and everythign seems to be working and when I have the battery disconnected the car keeps on running. Can an alternator work while it is cold and then stop working? I rather know this before I pull out the alternator and replace it. What else could it be?


#2

There’s no real need to wonder much about it. Drive it in to any of the major auto parts chains (e.g. Autozone or like). They will test the battery & charging system for free. Obviously they do this b/c they figure next you’ll buy a battery and/or alternator from them.