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Same symptoms, sulfur smell + battery problems on 2001 Durango

Mechanic says it may be the gas, but battery has died 3 times in last 2 weeks and sulfur smell comes from engine area not exhaust. Mechanic says check engine light would be on if it was regulator but he will check history in computer just to be sure.

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Put a volt metter on the battery turn your car on to see if its charging then turn your car off to see if your volts drops below 12 volts then its your battery not holding charge

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Sounds like either the alternator is overcharging or you have a bad battery. Your mechanic should be checking that. Maybe you need to find a new mechanic.

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Possible voltage regulator is faulty (in the alternator) and boiling the battery. Since the battery has sulphuric acid in it, that would give you the sulpher smell. Get your mechanic to test the voltage/amps output from the alternator.

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