Question about 2005 Dodge Stratus Sedan
So I had battery problems this passed winter and had to jump it. My brother, being the "know it all" that he is, accidentally switch the polarities when jumping it and screwed something up. Now my radio doesn't work (lights still light up the buttons), my dome light doesn't come on nor my trunk light, and my power locks no longer work. All my panel fuses inside the vehicle have been replaced and are good to go, but those three things are still not working. I've heard there's a fuse behind the radio itself, but I'm not sure. If anyone could help me, I'd really like to get those working again. Thanks in advance to anyone who answers.
I would also check the relays and the fuses in the engine drivers side I believe. Also the ones inside. Yes I do believe there is a fuse behind the stereo but when my battery died in my 04 durango it killed the cd player but the radio worked. I would check all the stuff you can to your ability. Does your stratus have a box next to the postive cable to the battery where it hooks on the terminal. You may need to replace that.
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It does sound like the alternator isn't working. Did you have to jump the vehicle or charge the battery to get it to start back up? If you did not have to do either the possibility of the alternator working is good. The car will run with less power in the battery then what it takes to start the car. If you did not have to jump or charge battery to get it started again you might be better of checking for loose or corroded connections and most likely a maim power cable or wire. A bad diode in the alternator can also cause what you described due to the alternator putting out an AC current the computers and electrical components won't work right they were built to handle DC current. If you don't have the proper test equipment to test for AC current just disconnect the alternator while the car is acting up and if ever thing goes back to normal you will know it is the alternator. You are going to need at least a volt meter. The voltage while the engine is running should be 14 to 14.8 volts.
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