Overcharged battery - Bad Alternator?
After a recent long drive (~2 hours), I found that my (more that three year-old) battery was smoking and smelled of sulfur. I understand this indicates a severe overcharge, but fortunately it didn't explode. Now, a couple days later, the 99 Maxima won't start. Lights on the interior turn on, but are very weak, and the engine only clicks and doesn't try to turn over. Battery is toast, obviously, but here's my question:
Might this be caused by a bad voltage regulator/alternator? If so, am I in danger of ruining the replacement battery driving the < 5 miles to get the alternator checked?