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If the timing belt snapped ??,why would it kill the battery too instantly, sorry this problems a major headache

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  • Andy Mcewan Nov 17, 2009

    1999 dodge grand caravan driving at 45 mph then died seems like engine seized not overheating no warning lights nothing and battery dead after it died also automatic park brake didnt work directly after it died when it worked fine in the gas station a mile up the road ,a solution sent to me said "timing belt snapped", and if thats the case why would it take all juice out of the battery instantly!!,and why does the park brake not hold anymore ???

  • Andy Mcewan Nov 17, 2009

    didnt here nothing snap but you may be right as was a small jolt just before it died

  • Andy Mcewan Nov 17, 2009

    thanks for your ideas going to check that one out

  • Andy Mcewan Nov 17, 2009

    ok dodge caravan 1999 drove 2 miles to gas station filled up with gas , started van no problem was about 2 miles down the highway van just died pulled it to the side of the road wasnt overheating was normal temp no steam no nothing just died tried to start got click click click from starter, tried booster battery same result click click click , water level normal oil ok little thick was changed august this year so van was doing 45mph on highway everything died and engine is locked up and parkbrake on auto box mysteriously failed after the engine died the serpentine belt appears ok but engine wont turn by hand any ideas??????

  • jz auto May 11, 2010

    if the timing belt snapped your engine will not run. if your engine was still running but the serpentine belt snapped then your alternator wont charge the battery while the eninge is running resulting in a dead battery. was the engine still running after a belt snapped. need some more info here

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Well it sounds like you have a bunch of issues here. i should have asked before what engine this has. if it's a 6 cylinder it does not have a timing belt and you probably have a siezed alternater or a starter that is stuck engaged. let us know what engine you have.

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If you drove long enough without a belt the alternator would not be charging the battery.  But instead the battery would be feeding the coil, radio, wipers, headlights, marker lights, spark plugs, modules, on-board computer etc etc draining it fast.  Usually the alternator feeds these items fast enough that it can charge the battery too.

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The engine is problay locked up, see if you can turn the engine over by hand

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