Question about 2003 Dodge Neon
This has happened several times since I bought this car used (has 80,000 miles on it but in fab shape); car sits for 1 or 2 days (usually over the weekend) and then won't start at all! Even the alarm chirp is only a faint bloop sound.
No lights have been left on. No accessories like cell phone chargers have been left plugged in. The first time, we just jumped it 'til it started again.
The second time, we took it in to a proper mechanic, who found that the alternator was behaving bizzarro - charge would leap up & down the scale. Replaced alternator, and I think put in a fresh battery. Drove fine for 2 weeks solid.
I didn't drive it on Saturday & Sunday. Today, Monday, I turn off the alarm (near-regular chirp), pop in the car, stick the (grey-headed) key in, turn, and....nothing. Faint whirr like it is trying, then totally dead. Tried again, nothing. Got out, re-locked & alarmed car (Viper system alarm), very faint alarm arming chirrup.
I gave up & drove my mom's car to work. I am so upset over this stupid problem. Did I buy a lemon, or are 2003 Dodge Neon's just persnickety?
Please help if you can. I'm gonna take it back to the mechanic if I can get it charged again, but history could repeat...
What it sounds like is that you may have a loose ground somewhere,most likely a ground strap from the engine block to the frame to the battery. chances are that because of the loose ground your altenator maybe charginging properly but the looose ground the current is not going to the battery so as you are driving the battery is being discharged. if this doesn't solve the problem then i suspect that your alarm is the problem. it is hardwired to the positve side of the of the system and is drawing your battery down. please rate the solution...thanks
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
Something is staying on when the key is shut off.... have your mechanic do a test to see if there is current draw on the battery with the key off... locate what is staying on and fix that issue and you will be fine.
Posted on Sep 22, 2008
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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