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Vehicle will not start

During Thanksgiving a family member left the side door open on our Caravn parked in the garage for a few days. When we returned home the 2 year old battery was almost dead in the vehicle. It had enough power to light the headlights dimly but would not turn the engine over. I left the battery in the vehicle and placed a 40 amp charger on the battery, I accidently left the vehicles wires still attached to the battery terminals. Charged the battery for 40 minutes. Removed charger and turned the engine over. The engine turned over just fine and the headlights were fully bright. However the engine would not start. it was as if it was not firing at all. Like someone disconnected the coil wire. All guages work fine on the dashboard and I have no check engine lights comming on. Everything seems ok except for it will not start. Have engine completely tuned up by Dodge dealer 9,000 miles ago. Have 134, miles on it. Any Suggestions?

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The same thing happen to my older bother years a go, He had to get a new battery , Hope fully you did not damage the computer on it buy useing a quick charger on it with out Disconnecting the battery cables from the battery, What happen with my bothers he was verry lucky that all it was that it damaged the battery becaused they tryed to boost it end got the neg & pos cables mixed up, That is a good way to damage the alternator plus the computer, The same goes when you are chargeing a battery end you don,t disconnect the cabes from it ,That can happen,

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First off, how old is the battery? It is possible it might be stratified and its just no longer holding a charge well. I've had batteries that are 2 or 3 years old and then they just go dead if I don't start them up every day or so. (Some batteries are just made better than others) If the battery is brand new, then check for some possible wiring shorts. Try looking at the engine running in the dark and try moving around the wiring harness to see if by chance you see any sparks or arcs of electricity. Other than that, you might have to have a qualified auto electric mechanic to check it out for any abnormal power drains.

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Everything is working fine now without anything further being done. Maybe a 'short'. Anyway we will track of if & maybe make a few enquiries. Thanks

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First off, recharge the battery overnight before it freezes. It appears that you have lost the alternator function. As soon as the battery is fully charged, take the vehicle to your favorite auto parts store and have them check the alternator. Don't use any of the accessories to lighten the electrical load on the battery. If the alternator has a shorted diode, it will cause a fuseable-link to burn out in the heavy wire running from the alternator to the starter solenoid terminal (battery cable side). Hopefully, the link is hanging out of the wiring loom so that it won't be hard to find. If the link is burned out, replace it with an exact replacement. These things act as fuses. And of course, replace the defective alternator as well. Be sure to disconnect the negative battery cable before replacing the alternator and other work. Take the car back to the parts dealer after repairs and have them clear the 'check engine lite' with a scanner and verify the validity of your repairs. Hope this helps!

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SOURCE: Trailer wiring problem. Tow vehicle is a 2008

Most likely the brown wire from the trailer connector is connected to a constant battery voltage source, and it should be connected to the vehicle running light circuit, however someone might have wired the trailer connector up that way on purpose so that the trailer does not draw power from the vehicle running lights and possibly damage the vehicle running light circuit. (Dodge/Chrysler vehicles do have delicate lighting systems) Here are some images to help assist you, and the 4 way connector is the same as the 5 way connector just without the blue wire for the trailer brakes.


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