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If not run my neon wont start the next day.

I have a 2000 Plymouth Neon, that if not run every day, in the morning when i go to start it the battery is dead. Have changed the starter because that was bad, and alternator seems to be charging fine. Any solutions?

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  • cgreenejr14 May 03, 2010

    also whenever i put car in gear a blinking ding that reads "Fuse" shows up on the dashboard where the odometer is...is this part of the problem?...didnt put it in initial thing because i didnt feel this was the problem.

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You have a phantom drain somewhere... a component that is not turning off when the vehicle is shut down (faulty relay).
This will take some time to sniff out.
I recommend getting a multimeter and set ut up on the battery.
Set it up and every hour or so, take note of the voltage.
Then - after recharging (short trip around the block) start removing fuses... one at a time.
Take an initial reading... then remove one fuse from the INSIDE cabin fuse panel.
After an hour, check the voltage. If the voltage dropped the same amount as the original test - replace that fuse, and go to the next.
Once you isolate the fuse that is causing the drain... you can determine what that fuse feeds, and check into the culprit.

It is a long, tedious process - but its the only surefire way to determine the cause, rather than replacing parts willy-nilly, and throwing money blindly at the vehicle.

Thanks!!

Posted on May 03, 2010

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    blueextc3221 May 03, 2010

    Check the dome light for the (fuse) issue.



    If it was pulled by the previous owner - chances are the phantom drain is because of one or more faulty door switches (causing the light to stay on) so they pulled the light - but the vehicle still thinks the door(s) are open - and other items in the vehicle stay powered up. The FUSE light on the cluster is indicative the bulb is out or not present.



    Check it out!!

  • blueextc3221
    blueextc3221 May 03, 2010

    Also, check the IOD fuse in the under the hood fuse box.

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