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Hi Alvin:

This symptom is very indicative of a dead or dying battery. You should have your battery properly load tested, not just a voltage reading.

If the battery comes back as being the least bit flaky, replace it. Especially if it is more than 4 years old.

Chrysler products are very sensitive about having a stable, strong reference voltage to run the many on board computers.

Please report back as to how this turns out.


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