My girlfriend has a 2000 Dakota 3.9L the starter was I thought acting up the last couple days when you turn the key it would click click let off the key try again and it would start. well tonight her daughter took it and called said it did nothing I got there and no lights or nothing put the jumper cables on and lights came on and it started first try and several after that with no clicking but it wont stay running at a idle took the battery out ( 85 month interstate that is 2 yrs old) put it on my sons black and decker charger and it says it is full but then flashes a code for "see battery service tech" could the battery have just taken a early **** on her. Thank you
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Re: 2000 Dakota battery problems
It's 100% possible bud. I've actually had a battery blow out on me at 3 days old. I was just driving to the store and I shut the car off. I went and got some stuff and came back to a 100% dead car. It had a new altenator and the battery was all but three days old. It was so dead that even the overhead light wouldn't come on. I got a jump start from a friend and made it to napa. They tested the battery and said it reads perfect until you try to draw energy from it.
They told me it was a shorting cell, and that the battery was shot. It was replaced for free; as should yours if you still have the warranty information.
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It would be helpful to know the year, model and engine. Some cars have a fusible link which can create the problem you are describing, or it could be a dead cell in your battery. A battery has to be tested under load, just a voltmeter is not enough. have someone try to crank the engine while you read the voltage at the battery; if it drops below 9v, scrap it.
This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter. Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine.
·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.
·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.
Heather, new battery new starter. it sounds like the starter ring on the flywheel is worn. did anyone check the voltage output on the old battery. did anyone check the old starter? when you turn the ignition key is there any clicking sound from the starter?
I have a 2000 Olds Intrigue that has the starting problem that some people have spoke about. You turn the key and all lights come on but the car will not start nothing. I 1st replaced the ignition switch which did not correct the problem. To get around the problem I have connected a wire to my starter and ran the wire up to the battery and when the car acts up I take the wire touch the positive pole on the battery post and the starter will turn over. I then get in my car and use the key and start the car. I have not been stranded by the car since. I try the key a few times if nothing happens I'll wait a few minutes and if that does not do it I jump the starter with my wire. This has been working for the last 2 years. It's not a correction but it is a work around.
i have a 93 dakota....had problems with the starter.... thought bad wire, check out the wireing......ac and blower didnt work, and the acc.....check the black box where the key turns on....it control lot of things.....
Try replacing the engine relay switch. It is located under the hood with the other relays. If not check the wires for ground. Check the battery cables , especially the cable that goes to the positive of the starter.
Check the small wire on the starter to see if you are getting 12v there with the key turned. If you are, then it is possible that the starter (&or solenoid) that checked out good last year is not good now. If no power at small wire, then check neutral safety switch.