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Old 02-06-2010, 03:00 PM
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Car stalled for the first time

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My Marauder died for the first time since I've had it (3 years, bought used). The battery amp light flickered on for a few seconds a few times. Then I stopped at a stop light and the amp light came on again and then the check engine light. The car had died. Had to restart the car. Running fine again so far. Battery amp light flickered on one more time as I got going after it died. The voltmeter looked fine during all of this. Car seems fine now.

What was the issue? The battery? The alternator?

Also, my miles is at about 87,000.

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Old 02-06-2010, 03:11 PM
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Sounds like what happened when my battery started putzing out.

VatoZone and Advance should be able to test it.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:14 PM
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Sounds like what happened when my battery started putzing out.

VatoZone and Advance should be able to test it.
+ 1. I got lucky, mine happened in the driveway. I popped the hood and looked at the little indicator on the battery, toast.
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Old 02-06-2010, 03:15 PM
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I limped my car home from work (10+ miles), by the end of the journey the car was starting to idle weird, shift strange, etc. (This was on the Grand Marquis)
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:32 PM
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Time for a new battery.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:35 PM
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Not long after I got mine it would stall out occassionally, like it'd run fine for a bit after I started it up but shortly after I'd come up to a stop and once I'd tried to get going again it would die. Since then though, I got a new tune and also had a tune-up done and haven't experienced the problem at all. No clue what was the real culprit.
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Old 02-06-2010, 10:57 PM
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If the battery was bad, it shouldn't die while it's running. It just won't start.
Check the battery with a voltmeter (Harbor Freight $10).
It should read about 12 volts w/o engine running and around 14-15 volts running.
Or, just about any auto parts store will do this test for you for free.
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Dustin, looks like its the battery bud. Mine had the same symptoms when it finally kicked. I just picked up a motorcraft battery 850ca for $99.

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mine does it every spring on the first run, I suspect the battery is not charged up fully at that point?
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Old 02-07-2010, 09:42 PM
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If the battery was bad, it shouldn't die while it's running. It just won't start.
Check the battery with a voltmeter (Harbor Freight $10).
It should read about 12 volts w/o engine running and around 14-15 volts running.
Or, just about any auto parts store will do this test for you for free.
I was thinking along the same lines. I had a car years ago that did what yours is doing and it turned out to be a bad alternator. Since the alt. wasn't charging the battery the lites, radio etc would drain the battery giving the illusion of a bad battery. I'd have both the battery and alt checked to be safe. You know if it fails it will be cold, dark and raining. Better safe than sorry.
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Change the battery cables and get a new battery. That should solve the problem...
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The little light on the battery is green. I'm assuming green means go, er good? I'll go to Autozone tonight and get the battery and alternator checked.

Thanks everyone!
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Not long after I got mine it would stall out occassionally, like it'd run fine for a bit after I started it up but shortly after I'd come up to a stop and once I'd tried to get going again it would die. Since then though, I got a new tune and also had a tune-up done and haven't experienced the problem at all. No clue what was the real culprit.
In response to the post quoted above, who did the first aftermarket tune on your car? I have The Lidio Tune from Alternative auto and mine just killed on me twice yesterday. This was the first problem since I bought the car in 2004.

In response to the original post, I don't think your problem is the battery. As was mentioned earlier, any car with an alternator and no battery will run as long as the alternator field windings, diode bridge, and voltage reg are good.

The battery is mainly there to provide starting energy and to smooth the DC current ripple output from the alternator which takes AC & makes a sort of "syntetic" DC current. Your alternator sounds like it is ok from the fact that the car started again and ran. That was the case with mine as well. I still haven't resolved the problem BTW so anybody with more info please feel free to post.

In terms of hunting this down, I would consider checking the starter wiring posts & the main distribution hub/splice for loose wires/corrosion.

If the problem isn't there it may be with the ECU, Ignition coil, neutral safety switch, or ignition module. In the coil case it would most likely be the connectors. Otherwise you would probably experience a missfire/stumble condition.

It's also probably not fuel related because a fuel problem would cause a missfire and or detonation/pre-ignition.
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Old 02-08-2010, 08:19 PM
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Some of our members in the past had symptoms like you mentioned and it ended up being the IAC (Idle air controller) valve. Just type "IAC valve" in the search box. Hopefully thats helps
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Thanks for the info. I'll give it a shot.
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