Vehicle occasionally will not start

Tiny
GEORGE90
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  • 2010 DODGE JOURNEY
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The positive cables have been cleaned, added a new washer to try and get a better connection, installed a new battery, tested the alternator. Car starts up but occasionally will shut off if you turn it off. Slammed the driver's door and it came back on.
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Sunday, January 24th, 2021 AT 12:41 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

The idea that it worked after slamming the door indicates a weak connection. Have you checked the ground cable both at the battery and on the vehicle (engine block/body)?

I need to know what stops working. You said it dies when you turn it off and when you slammed the door, it came back on, so I'm a bit confused as to what is happening.

Let me know.
Joe
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Sunday, January 24th, 2021 AT 7:38 PM
Tiny
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Friday afternoon I was able to start the car up no issues and take it for a drive. When I arrived and attempted to lock my car but it wouldn't lock. I opened the driver door back up and there were no lights, tried to start it up and there was no noise no clicking, also no dash lights. So I popped the hood and when I slammed the driver door with the keys still in the ignition the horn honked and the dash lights came back on; and then I was able to start the car.
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Sunday, January 24th, 2021 AT 9:01 PM
Tiny
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No, I have not check the ground cable.
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Monday, January 25th, 2021 AT 7:05 AM
Tiny
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Hi,

I attached a portion of the wiring schematic below for ground distribution. I highlighted two places to start. If you lost everything, something took the ground away from everything.

Let me know what you find.

Joe
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Monday, January 25th, 2021 AT 6:27 PM

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