2002 Dodge Stratus engine shut down

Tiny
STACEY78
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  • 2002 DODGE STRATUS
  • 3.2L
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 158,000 MILES
I was driving on the freeway and my car lost complete power to everything. No brakes no nothing. I had to push it off the freeway. What could cause this. Now it want turn over its dead in my driveway. Please help
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Sunday, July 13th, 2014 AT 10:48 AM

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Tiny
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The first thing I need checked is the battery. If the alternator isn't charging the battery, the electrical system will drain a good battery and shut the engine down. As a result, you lose power assist to the steering, brakes.

Since it won't crank and you lost power to everything, that is where we need to start.

Let me know what you find or if you need directions on how to check the battery. If you can, remove the battery, charge it, and see if the engine will start. If it does, then we need to check the alt. Let me know what you find and if you need directions on anything.
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Sunday, July 13th, 2014 AT 8:05 PM
Tiny
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I did what you said. Nothing. What do I do next?
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Sunday, July 13th, 2014 AT 9:49 PM
Tiny
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If you have no power to anything, make sure the battery took the charge and is producing 12+ volts. Also, check to make sure the battery terminals and cables are in good shape, clean, tight, and they are properly connected. Also, if the battery checks good and all connections are good, open the power distribution box under the hood and start checking the main fuses there.

When you say nothing, do you mean things like lights, the horn, radio. Nothing works?
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Monday, July 14th, 2014 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
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I mean nothing. All wires and battery are 100%.
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Monday, July 14th, 2014 AT 11:23 PM
Tiny
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If the battery is good and nothing works, you need to check the power supply to the power distribution box under the hood. Make sure none of the main fuses are bad. Make sure wiring connections are good where the power supply enters the box. If nothing works, there is no power getting to that point or no ground. Something at the start of the power supply (battery to ground or battery to the power distribution box) is open.
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Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 AT 10:02 PM

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