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2005 dodge durango. This just started last week. Whats happening is my battery is always dead, click click click (starter). it always has juice to run radio and stuff like that when i turn key. Takes a good boost to start, then it will run forever, no problems.the second i shut it off, click click click as if i hadn't done a thing. The battery was bought 3 months ago at COSTCO.. Is this the sign of bad battery? or do you think i have a major draw amp on the battery? inline fuse? thanks !

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This procedure usually works:
·Check the battery cable connections:
Make sure the negative cable makes a good ground connection at the battery and (preferably) at the engine. Make sure the positive cable, makes a good connection at the battery and at the starter.

·Check the battery the simple way, like this:
Turn on the headlights, then try to start the car.If the headlights do not dim or go out, then the battery is likely ok.

·Check the starter and solenoid:
If the wiring looks ok, then look at the starter solenoid for a good connection, and proper voltage at the starter(10 volts minimum while cranking).
If the starter spins and no crank, the problem is most likely the Solenoid's pinion gear is stuck.
Have someone hit (not too hard) the starter while you try to start the car. This usually works by dislodging a stuck pinion gear.
·Make a simple test of the alternator:
If you can, somehow get the engine running, measure the voltage at the battery. It should be at least 13.6 volts to properly charge the battery.

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A few simple tests and what the results mean.

Obtain a voltmeter that will allow you to read up to about 16-17 volts DC.

1. Start vehicle, attach voltmeter to battery (red to +) (black to -) and read voltage. *Note: you are reading the output of the alternator with it running.
If Voltage is about 14-15v, alternator is good. If less than 14v, or very high 16+v, likely alternator(or voltage regulator) is not working properly. Have alternator checked at local auto parts place, replacement may be necessary.
If voltage is in 14-15v range alternator is working properly. Battery replacement is next logical problem, it can can be tested at the local auto parts store as well.

**If a charging system is good, and battery is good, check battery cables. Bypass battery cables by connecting battery directly to starter with jumper cables. If car starts with battery cables connected and not when disconnected, replace battery cables.

2. A charged battery will read at about 13.5 v while engine is turned off, but it does indicate if a battery will hold a charge.

Best of luck resolving this problem.

Posted on Nov 20, 2013

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it sounds like the starter may be going bad

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Start by checking the battery connections. If they seem okay then, even though it may be pretty new, I would take the battery to the dealer and have them check it for an internal short in the battery. I had this happen 2 weeks after picking up a new car.

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theres wires that go to the starter that could have come loose. sometimes theres fusible links in those wires that go bad.
but most likely you have a bad fuse somewhere

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