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My 2002 dodge grand caravan went crazy.

sunkenvan16sunkenvan16 Posts: 1
edited December 2017 in Dodge
The headlights, flashers, wipers, radio, gauges all went on and off. It seemed like it was struggling to get fuel, and died. The battery was dead. I got a jump start and it kept shutting off while all the above problems recurring. I replaced the alternator, no fix. We have 4 children and I work so we need it running fast.

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  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 64,490

    The headlights, flashers, wipers, radio, gauges all went on and off. It seemed like it was struggling to get fuel, and died. The battery was dead. I got a jump start and it kept shutting off while all the above problems recurring. I replaced the alternator, no fix. We have 4 children and I work so we need it running fast.

    You should have the battery full charged, and then have it load-tested (local Autozone, OReilly, etc) on the bench. If the battery is good, and fully charged, then re-install and see how the car behaves. If it behaves well, then the new alternator isn't charging for some reason.

    An alternator can't charge a bad battery, and a good battery can only run the car so long with a bad alternator, or wiring.

    If you can at least get the van running, perhaps a friend with a voltmeter can test if the battery is getting any charge at all. But again, if the battery has a dead cell, it might not accept a charge.

    Most batteries that are 5-6 years old are running on borrowed time anyway.
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