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Jeep patriot runs well for awhile then won't start

Jump starts right away then will start okay then after a week or so won't start

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Hello Pamela.
no year car, no engine type stated (gas/diesel, and displacement)
but does it crank? you meant no crank right?

jump starts, tells me the battery was dead.
then you ask way it stalls or not restart.
well it repeated, to the same symptoms did it not?

but my guess, is , it will not crank.
if yes, that is a discharged battery !
batteries can be good, bad, or only discharged.

all cars do that for many reasons,
1 or 2 tests and bam why.
1: rusty battery lugs. clean them
2: bad battery, (some last 3 years and bad)
3: bad charge system. is the lamp glowing telling that fact?
4: a bad key line,

if it always fails,and always cranks JUMPER cable jumped, that means it not #4

so if not number 4 then we use a thing called
a volt meter, if the battery is 12.6vdc or more rested, then the battery is charged,
if you jump the car and it runs and battery voltage
(that meter again across it)
read 13.3v top 15v all is well.with alternator.
is charge and battery lamp glowing running?
if below the alterator charge system is failing.
if the car dies, driving to work and Head lamps go dim the charge system failed.
if your starter does dead, just parked at work and when sleeping?
this is called phantom drain. (can be lamps left on or other things)

I think you made and error,
"car runs then wont crank" is what meant.
the word is crank and is super important to getting correct answers.


on a wild guess, no cranks.
http://jeepdied.com/no-crank.html

if you wanted wild useless guessing
here, ill do that. makes some happy.
the charges system is failing.
or
the glove box lamp sticks on and battery drains as you sleep
there 2 guesses
can to 50 more.

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