I went through a puddle of slush w/my 2002 Kia Spectra. The lights,radio,clock etc. started going dim. Got home the car died out. tightened the belts. But still wont stay running. Only for a minute. Alternator is new.(will take a jump but dies out again) What could be wrong.
Your description sounds like you may have a failing alternator despite how new your existing alternator may be. The primary purpose of a battery is for starting purposes. To keep a vehicles electrical components going is the alternator. Hypothetically you may have caused the stator on the inside of the alternator to become wet, when may have "fried" the component.
〉 Answered on Jan 31st, 2010 by Amanda J. Pierce, MBA "AJ", Certified Mechanic, Project Coordinator; Primavera Scheduler at VIGOR Alaska Industrial Shipyard & BizzM3ch Solutions
Somethind electrical is probably shorted
〉 Answered on Feb 1st, 2010 by Barb Petrey, President - DBK Enterprises Inc at Jiffy Lube
Hello Renee- it sounds like although new your Alternator is defective- hopefully your Alternator is warrantied - so get whoever installed it to test & replace it again - this does happen sometimes with Alternators- hope this help- thanks Super Girls Auto.
〉 Answered on Feb 1st, 2010 by Laurie Sarno, Co-Owner at Super Girls Auto
Unless this puddle was extremely deep (a couple of feet or more), I would say maybe you have a bad electrical connection somewhere. It also is possible that the new alternator is not good. I would suggest taking the vehicle to a qualified technician that can test the charging system.
〉 Answered on Jan 31st, 2010 by Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management