• Tiny
  • Boudewcd
  • 1998 Dodge Stratus
  • 192,000 miles

Problem: my battery light is coming on and eventually my battery dies. Battery is a 2 year old interstate battery.

what I have done:
-i brought the car to advanced auto and they tested the battery and alternator on site, both tested fine with 14+ volts when the system was under distress(brights, high fans, etc) battery tested at over 12v.
symptoms persisted.
-i took the alternator off and brought it to oreilly auto for a bench test. Again it tested fine. I put it back in and I made it 3 days without the battery light coming back on or any issues.
after 3 symptoms returned.
-replaced serpentine belt and cleaned all connections, the car made it 3 miles down the interstate before the battery light returned and the car eventually lost all power.

i have drive 12 miles of interstate a day. Typically since the issue arose I have been able to get to and from work. After I get home from work and turn the car off I have been able to turn it back on and drive the remainder of the night without the battery light coming on and I seem to have a full charge.

Friday, December 28th, 2012 AT 12:06 AM

1 Answer

  • Tiny
  • ASEMaster6371
  • Expert
  • 25,550 posts

I would just replace the alternator. It is an intermittent failure.


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Friday, December 28th, 2012 AT 2:45 AM

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