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My car has a battery about 3 years old. It's supposed to be a 5 year battery.

I started it this afternoon and the charge light stayed on for a bit. The volt meter, can't remember the proper name, was way low. Within 15 seconds or so, the light went out and the needle jumped up to it's normal position.

Any thoughts if the batter or alternator could be going bad.

The almost exact same thing happened in a work car a few weeks ago. It ran fine for a while, but then one morning it was dead. We haven't gotten it back yet so I'm not sure what the final verdict will be on it.

Not that it matters, but my car is an Oldsmobile and the work one was a Ford.
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