I had the alternator replaced in my 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Laredo about 3 months ago. The car was running great since then until it got cold. I went out to my car after work and I just heard a “click” but no start. The lights, dashboard, clock, and radio all came on but the engine didn’t. The people who were there said the cold can mess with a battery and it needed a jump, they jumped it and it worked fine.
The next morning, the same thing happened. The battery is right at 3 years old, so we jumped it and drove it in to get a new battery. The next day, the check engine light came on for oxygen sensors. The car started fine for the next 4 days and didn’t appear to have any problems other than the light (that I was planning on having fixed with the next paycheck). Then, I went out after work again… and same thing: lights, radio, dashboard, just a click but no engine turnover. I was told it had to the the new alternator that went bad.
I work an hour away from where I live so I called my sisters boyfriend and asked if he could replace the alternator for me when I got back to Dallas. We went and got the new one. $400 later, and at 11pm, the new alternator was in, and the car started fine. We let it run for about 5 minutes and then I went to bed.
The next morning, the same thing happened. Lights, radio, dashboard, and a click. I called him and he said that I didn’t leave the car on long enough last night to charge the battery and that we really should have put some drive time in to get it where it needed to be, and that the drive to work should charge it right up. We jumped it, and it drove perfectly (no warning lights or stalling or anything like that).
When I went to leave for lunch, it happened AGAIN. Lights, dashboard and radio come on and just a little click.
I had to have it jumped to leave work, and drove it straight to Autozone. There were a bunch of people there who had opinions… they landed on it being the starter. The battery was tested at 100%, so the new alternator is working and the new battery is holding a charge. There wasn’t a starter in stock there so they ended up jumping my car so I could drive it home.
Could this be the starter or something more serious? I don’t want to keep playing the guessing game and dumping tons of money chasing a problem… but I also need a car that starts. PLEASE HELP!