1993 Dodge Caravan 6 cyl Front Wheel Drive Automatic 137048 miles
My battery died in my driveway overnight (battery is 4 years old), and I called AAA to come out and jump start my car. A few minutes after the tech attached the jumper cable clamps to the battery, but with no key in the ignition, the engine attempted to turn over several times. He unhooked the jumper cables and waited a few minutes and then attempted the jump again. The engine did not repeat the "self-start, " and I was able to start the car.
After allowing the car to run in the driveway for a few minutes, I pulled out, and started to drive down the street (going to find and purchase a new battery, since the tech said my battery definitely needed replacement). After less than 1/4 mile, the entire car shut down; no power at all. I am not very car savvy, but my understanding is the battery starts the car, the alternator charges the battery, the serpentine belt powers everything after the car is started.
So, having said all of that, my question is this: What happened here? Is it the starter? Is it the belt? I know I must buy a new battery.
have the same problem?
Tuesday, April 14th, 2009 AT 5:52 PM