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2005 Mazda Tribute i 2.3L Man

2005 Mazda Tribute
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Front Wheel Drive, 4 Door SUV, 2WD Sport Utility Vehicles
24 mpg city / 29 mpg hwy
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September 11, 2011, 6:17 pm

John M

Question: won't stay charged

while driving, suddenly all the dash lights will go on and go crazy, then the car dies and won;t start unless i get a jump, get home fast and plug in the charger.It will last a few days then the same thing will happen. Consequently, I only drive short distances around home.
I'm told this is a problem with this car and changing alternators doesn't help.
Your help would be appreciated.
Thank you,

September 13, 2011, 4:55 pm

Ron W
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You need to have the charging system tested. If it runs for a few days on a manual charge, it sounds more like an alternator issue than a battery issue.

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