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2001 Dodge Stratus ES 2.7 wont idle while driving

puffdaddy68puffdaddy68 Member Posts: 2
edited September 2015 in Dodge
I have a 2001 Dodge Stratus ES 2.7 with 150K mi and am having issues
trying to keep the car running at idle while driving. It turns over with no
issue, and in park, it will idle (however the battery/charging system light will
illuminate after a few seconds). When driving, it will display the battery light
but will drive OK. Only stop signs/lights, it will die.

I have checked all fuses, and had the battery checked. When the car is off,
it measures 12V, however when running it measures 11.5V. I removed the
alternator thinking it was the issue and had it checked at two different auto
stores and they both came back that the alternator passed and is good. Oil
is good (no coolant issues). Windows do move very slow, but lights and
interior lighting illuminates fine.

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  • puffdaddy68puffdaddy68 Member Posts: 2
    Findings: Well, now I'm confused as ever... I reattached the alternator because it was deemed good and sure enough, that fixed the problem! Battery is now charging and reads 12.4V. I'm guessing the alternator power cable may have not been fully contacting, or the serpentine belt was a little loose and may have been slipping...

    Either way, its working now! Thanks for the help
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