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Pothole causes engine to die due to damaged battery
Just to close the loop on the issue, it was the battery!!! However, I still don't understand the correlation between the car initially turning off when hitting the pothole. The check engine light is on but I probably just have to clear the codes. Thanks everyone for the suggestions and help.
This is exactly what I was going to say!
The pothole was large enough to crack one of the internal plates
in the battery. Even with a working alternator.
With a plate cracked the circuit was opened and no current.
I have seen multiple batteries die this way.
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2004 6s Wagon 3.0, 5-speed ATX
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