My car wouldn’t start so I called AAA. The guy put in a new battery and said the alternator was fine. The alternator was at 12.33 volts, my dad said he thinks the car was off when the AAA guy tested it. The AAA guy said he thinks there was parastic draw on the battery and he said he suspected it had to do with a melted wire.
The next day the battery light would come on but it would go off as soon as I started driving. The same thing happened the next day only when I turned the car off and tried to turn it back on it wouldn’t start. I took the car to Autozone and they said my battery was fine but it just needed charging.
Then I took it to firestone. My dad told them that the AAA guy said there was a parasitic draw and that he suspected it was because of the wire. The guy at firestone said it wasnt the wire and that the alternator needed replaced.
We told him it was okay to replace the alternator. Then he called back after he replaced it and said that the fuse box was melted and needed replaced. He then called back again and said we needed a new battery as well. (Evem though I just got a new battery 2 days ago).
When I finally got the car back the battery light was still on when I turned on the car. I went back in and asked if it was normal the battety light still came on. They said that it was normal and it just takes driving.
I drive to work the next day and my car won’t start once I get there. I called firestone and they paid for a tow truck to come pick it up. The tow truck driver said they hadn’t screwed the battery on tight enough and he had to tighten it. He also said that the melted wire was more then likely causing the problem.
Firestone cut the bad part of the wire off and reconnected it. The car works fine now and the battery light doesn’t come on.
I told firestone I suspected I didn’t need a new alternator. They said that they would put the alternator in if I wanted them to.
Should I let them? How should I handle the situation?
I kind of just want my money back because I don’t trust them. Can you test an alternator when it is out of the car?
How do I know it is even my alternator they are putting back in? How lomg dp stores typically keep the alternators that they replaced?