Question about 2004 Dodge Intrepid

1 Answer

Start-up problem but not due to enine failure

I cant seem to get my battery charged and i tried with a spare battery that worked only for the day. Then overnite it just died and wouldnt start. It was great the first few day i got it and i put at leats 140kms on it already the it wouldnt start up again after i parked it. When i say it wouldn't start up its not because of any engine failure but because of not having any juice from battery to start up. The alternator seems to be giving power when i drove home 70kms after i had it jumped. Still it seems like an alternator issue and someone told me that it could be a grounding from the alternator thats not giving the charge the battery needs. Is this true? or should i replace the almost new/refurbished altrnator.? thanks

Posted by on

  • 1 more comment 
  • jude42paul Jul 24, 2009

    you are correct to say i may have left some lights on or something , like i did the first time i got it but i didnt know that the lights were on because the battery was weak. Then i got smarter and made sure that all lights are off , did a walk around and made sure that nothing was on inside and outside th car and even radio too. But still had to jump it again in the morning.Heres another mystery, i drove home the 70kms and if battery was weak and alternator was not charging,yet i had lights in the car going from weak to flikering but still made it home with a dead battery.Isnt that an indication that power is being fed to the car> and that there is some juice coming out of alternator?..could it be its insufficient? what are the fuses you pulled out for? and yes i very much appreciate the feedback to have the alternator checked/tested but as you know it..i may be told its not good just so thy can sell me another alternator. Yet i will heed your advice.

  • jude42paul Jul 28, 2009

    behold people i found the cause. one person was correct to point out the alternator and to check if it is the alternator, disconnect the battery while it is running...it was done before i posted my problem. Anyways to make a long story short, i have another car of the same make but different year so parts was easy to get ..just walk to my lot and remove any one i chose from the old car...anyways i once was checking the fuses by pulling one out at a time to see what failed and i pulled the fuse thats green under the hood thats 40amp ign.run fuse and the engine died. so i put it back and restarted after all else failed even changing alternator and battery..i decided to try replacing the same green 40amp fuse. BINGO!..it starts every time and now i have an extra battery thats charged and a good working alternator. what are the chances that it dawned on me that it may be the fus..like one person said..a short...thats correct too and now its working fine with a start everytime . hope it helps anyone out ther with starting problem. NOW i seem to have no head lights but the high beam can be turned on but i have to hold the switch and drive ..otherwise i cant see at nite..any clues guys?..think it may be the fuse again?..well i replaced all with the fuses from tghe old car stil;l nothing.glad to share my findings with you all and thanks for your input too.

  • Rob May 11, 2010

    If the battery was strong the day before it died, you may have a short, or maybe you left something on, like a dome light. Either charge the battery, or jump it at night, and look for lights that are on, like parking lights. Also, has your radio made funny noises? Mine did, and it finally drained the battery, until I pulled the 2 fuses. Some places will test the battery and alternator for free. Take the battery fully charged. Try like AutoZone and Advanced Auto for testing.

×

Ad

1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points

    MVP:

    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.

    Governor:

    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.

    Scholar:

    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 157 Answers

See clarification post of mine.

Posted on Jul 24, 2009

  • 1 more comment 
  • Rob Jul 27, 2009

    Sounds like your alternator to me. There used to be a way to test if an alternator was good, by disconnecting the battery while it was running, if the car stalled, the alt was bad. You really should not do this now because of the highly volt/amp sensitive circuits, it could cause more problems. It is possible there is a short in the alternator, causing the drain overnight, less likely but still possible a short in the alternator circuit. My 2 fuses were for the interior lights, and the circuit the keeps the headlights on for a few minutes after you turn off tha car. There was enough juice in the battery to get the car home, prolly a good battery to be able to do that. I live in an area where I have never even heard that these parts places try to rip people off. If they are like that near you, take a road trip 30 or so miles to find yourself a decent parts place.



    SOMEONE should give this guy an award for being so helpful to get a solution!!! I am pretty new around this place, and he is by far the most helpful I have seen!!! ;)

  • Rob Jul 28, 2009

    IF you had the fuse in and it was running then removed the fused and it died, that tells me the fuse was good. Putting a different fuse in and then it works fine, sounds like there may be a loose wire somewhere. First check all the ground wires around the engine compartment, and inside the car, there may be some under the carpet, like my Buick (that went bad and my car would die when I rolled the electric windows up or down hehe.) Then check wires coming itnto and out of the fuse bow you were talking about.



    The headlight problem...did this start AFTER you got the battery/alternator fixed? It may be the same loose wire problem then. If not, a bad headlight switch. It might be quicker to change the switch then checking all the grounds and othe connections.

  • Rob Jul 28, 2009

    BTW, check your battery cables and take a wire brush to them all, and make sure they are all the original size, and that they are on tight enought that you can't wiggle the connections, anything loose there can cause lots of problems too. Put a light coat of vasoline or at the very least, something to stop the connections from corroding. When you see them corrode, clean them up again and put vasoline on. ;)

×

Ad

1 Suggested Answer

6ya6ya
  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

Hi,
a 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
the service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
goodluck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017

Ad

Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%

my-video-file.mp4

Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add

×

Loading...
Loading...

Related Questions:

1 Answer

MY battery went dead due to me leaving the lights on. I charged and it seems to be running fine, but the charging system failure message is coming on also battery pic in red?


The battery is not fully charged or you do indeed have a charging system problem. You need to have the charging system tested to insure proper operation

Dec 21, 2015 | 2007 Buick LaCrosse CXS

1 Answer

I got a 69 chevy c10 the starter wire grounded to the exhaust fixd that then it wuldnt charge so changed the voltage regular then starter & silaniod seems like its holdn a charge but still wo


Hey Steve, if you need a jump to start it then every thing is working except battery holding power try putting battery on a SLOW charge for a day then try again when its running check output of altinator with a fully charged battery it should be 12.5-13.5 volts and rise when you rev motor up ,when you jump it im thinking the battery is very low and the altinator is trying to recharge battery and it cant do that in just a few minutes running time or take it on along ride and watch amp gauge .good luck Steve.
Woody

Oct 05, 2014 | Cars & Trucks

2 Answers

Drained battery


Clean the battery terminals and cable terminals. Hook battery back up. Try to start again (with or without jumping). If it starts , make sure the charging system is working. If you have a voltmeter (or gauge in car dash). You can drive to autozone, Oreillys or most auto parts and they will check the battery and charging system free of charge.

Dec 06, 2013 | 2002 Chevrolet Venture Passanger

1 Answer

Won't start key stuck in ignition gas and temp gauge not working


this sounds like something is draining the battery like a bad alternator. if you install a new battery the car will run until the car drains the battery due to a bad alternator or bad wiring, these cars are all electronic so without a good battery you cant open door or start, take a look at battery and if it is low or dead again then have the charging system checked.

Dec 01, 2013 | Cadillac CTS Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Mitsubishi Diamante 2002 - slow battery drain when not running.


This problem may be a drain or a bad battery or alternator.

The first thing to do before going on trying to find the system that is draining the battery would be to have the battery tested and charging system tested.

A weak battery will seem ok after the car is jumped or will barely start the car and the alternator will charge it even though the alternator is overworking due to weak battery and during the day or when car does not sit long it will seem ok. then when car sits overnight or a few days battery will weaken on its own, making it look like a drain,

so first step is battery test and alternator/charging system test.

Jan 06, 2013 | 2002 Mitsubishi Diamante

1 Answer

Seems to be a complete electrical failure


Always start at least 80% of all vehicle checking with
the battery first

Never go by how many years or miles are on something

If some module failed to time out, your battery goes dead in,
as you said, about 3 days & check if you left the interior lights on

Dec 09, 2012 | Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

When trying to start engine the check engine light comes on and theres a clicking sound.


The battery may be in a low state of charge or you may have poor connections of the battery cables due to local corrosion at the battery. Try placing the battery on slow charge for about 6 hours, then retry starting again. If it seems to work better, you may have alternator problems that fail to keep the battery fully charged. Take the car to your favorite auto parts supplier who can evaluate the performance of the alternator and also check the battery for estimated residual life. Hope this helps!

Jun 27, 2010 | 2005 Dodge Caravan

1 Answer

P0300 engine would not start. engine not turning over


This code means that the engines computer has detected that not all the cylinders have have been firing correctly. It can be caused by a number of things but start by checking your ignition circuit eg plugs, leads, coil etc. If you have a spark the enine should start.

It seems you now have a flat battery so you will need to get it charged up or get a booster start from someone. I think you will find that with a good battery the car will go, especially if you use a little starting fluid. Once it is going you can investigate the misfire problem.

Aug 19, 2009 | 1996 Chevrolet Blazer

1 Answer

Charging problem.. Wont charge battery


The instructions for installing a new alternator usually read to fully charge the battery (12.3 - 12.8 volt range). Otherwise, the alternator will be damaged when it initializes. I have seen some extreme damage result from installing a new alternator with a low-charge battery. The torque required to turn an alternator when damaged in this scenario is unbelieveable!

May 02, 2009 | Honda Accord Cars & Trucks

Not finding what you are looking for?
2004 Dodge Intrepid Logo

Related Topics:

103 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Dodge Experts

yadayada
yadayada

Level 3 Expert

76109 Answers

Colin Stickland
Colin Stickland

Level 3 Expert

22156 Answers

Jeff Turcotte
Jeff Turcotte

Level 3 Expert

8270 Answers

Are you a Dodge Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides

Loading...