Stalling out while driving - alternator ?
I'm hoping someone might be able to help me figure out what's going on with my Jeep.
I was driving home today from the store, and it basically started acting like it was possessed... it would cut out for no reason, especially at stop signs etc, then I could put it in neutral and it would start back up, go a few hundred more yards, same thing etc.
Was hoping to limp it home but, it got progressively worse so now it's sitting in an empty lot about a mile from my house.
It's very strange... for the most part all the lights / radio etc work, but then all of a sudden everything will go completely dead. Then the interior lights will come on, and it will start, then sorta just "chug a lug" for about 30 seconds then die again.
I'm pretty sure it's not the battery, it's less than a year old, and like I said all the lights etc seem to work fine.
I'm thinking its probably the alternator, my Honda accord did the same thing and I had to replace the alternator on it.
I am wondering though, if there is any way a bad battery cable could cause the same type of symptoms ?
I ask because, about a month ago, I stopped to get gas, got back in, and everything was totally dead, no inside lights etc. I looked under the hood, and noticed that the negative battery cable was a bit loose, I had just replaced the terminals a few days before.
So, when that happened, I tightened it all down good etc, and it started right up with no problems. But I did notice that the negative cable looked pretty corroded and put it on my list to replace when I get a chance.
So... that's my situation, if anyone has any ideas/thoughts/similar experiences, I would definitely appreciate it.
Thanks in advance,
1996 Cherokee Sport 4WD 4-Door... stock (for now)