Question about 1998 Plymouth Voyager
Our 98 voyager just can't hold a charge. We are on our 3rd battery since the problem started. Sometimes we have to play with the ingnition to get it to work. Almost every time we must jumpstart it for it to start and it sometimes makes a click when we start it but other times its just dies after we turn it off. It gets worse in cold weather.
Everything seems normal under the hood (just by glancing at it) and it works fine when it is started.
Sounds like you have a parasitic loss somewhere in the electrical system. There is a component that is staying on after you leave the car and it drains the battery.The way to check for this is to get yourself a 12 volt test light from an auto parts store.Pull the fuse for your radio if it has a digital display. Under the hood disconnect the positive battery terminal from the battery.Put the clamp end of the test light to the battery terminal and the other end to the post. If there is a drain the light will be lit.Leave it for ten minutes and see if it is still lit.This allows for things that time out. If it is still on start pulling fuses and have a buddy tell you if the light stays on or goes off. If it goes off, identify what that fuse controls. You will need to pin down the circuit in that area that is causing the problem after that. Keep in mind that one of the worst offenders for this is the rear dome light being left on. That is the first thing I check.
Posted on Dec 01, 2008
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