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My 1998 dodge stratus 'check engine' light came on and then shortly there-after the battery light came on. Will a new battery cure the 'check engine' light?

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No, and a new battery may not cure the battery light being on. A low or no charge condition will turn the red battery light on, a bad battery will not. A low charge condition could have turn the check engine light on. I would have it checked before I would start replacing parts.

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My 98 dodge stratus wont stay runing after a jump. alternator passes testing

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I've just been quoted the price of $1465 for replacing the computer engine + a new battery for my 2000 Dodge Stratus at the dealership. Is this a reasonable charge or not?

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CHRYSL 2 122 4 C 2000-01 Neon, Stratus, Breeze,FWD,SOHC, MFl, 16 Valve,upper blk #642,651,lower blk #769,head #737,crank #755,valve cover has 10-6mm bolts, extra 8mm bolt under #2 &#3 intake port,with water pump Head part # call DD91 $1,990
Here is a page you should view for brand new engines as a comparison.

If your going to get a manufactured short block engine replacement, and an engine computer along with a new battery AND labor you are getting a fair price.

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You have either a battery problem or a charging problem. Check the battery fluid level if yours is a serviceable battery, and add water if necessary. Use distilled, or at least purified water - never add tap water to a battery. Check the battery cables and make sure that they are tight and clean. If you see any corrosion, remove the cables and clean them and the battery terminals with a battery brush, wire brush, or sandpaper. NOTE: always remove the NEGATIVE cable first, and connect it last. If the light remains on after you service the battery you will need a new battery, alternator, or other charging system component, and you'll need to take the car to a competent mechanic for a system analysis.

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