#1
So I own a 1999 dodge intrepid. Well its run fine for months now but a day or two ago it suddenly decides it doesnt want to have electricity anymore. I have no electricity in my car at all at this point my power locks dont even work. I can jump start it with another car and it starts right up but it sounds weak. Then it dies shortly after you disconnect the jumper cables. At this point im thinking either alternator or battery, leaning more towards alternator. What do you guys think?
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#2
Yes i think so.


Edit:- i should add i know nothing about vehicles whatsoever.
#3
try changing the battery, if that doesn't work it's the alternator.
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Try the battery first, if that doesn't work, your alternator isn't holding the charge.
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#6
it sounds like your transmission might have fallen out a few months ago. you probably need that replaced along with your headlight fluids.
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Try the battery first, if that doesn't work, your alternator isn't holding the charge.


Well I was told by my dad that if you let the car run for a bit the alternator should charge the battery and it was running for about a half hour last night then I turned it off and tried starting it again and still got nothing.
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#8
sounds like the alternator. the battery should have some power for at least a LITTLE while after jumping it. that sounds very much like an alternator problem.
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take it to a mechanic.. that's what I'd do..
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sounds like the alternator. the battery should have some power for at least a LITTLE while after jumping it. that sounds very much like an alternator problem.


I agree how difficult is changing an alternator on this specific vehicle?
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#12
Double post but could the wiring I just added for my subs be shorting something out?
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#13
^ it could be draining the battery. sound systems can put a lot of extra stress on a cars electrical system.
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'99 Intrepid? Trying to replace anything on those cars is enough to make a guy shoot himself.
#16
Alternator. If it is a 2.5l v6, it is a bitch to work on, but if its a 4cyl, its a whole lot easier...


Btw, if you use subwoofers, go to a junkyard and buy an ambulance alternator...worth the few extra bucks.

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#18
Do you have a voltmeter? Instead of guessing whether your charging system's working, make sure you're getting around 13-14 volts while the engine's running. If not you're not charging the system, hence it dies pretty soon after the jumper cables are disconnected.

Your battery should be around the 12.5 volt mark engine off, and around 13.5 engine running. The extra volt charges the battery.

5 bucks for a digital multimeter, buy two and leave one in the car.
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#20
you probably jsut need an entirely new battery, and the "jumping" option was used last time it acted up.
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#21
First thing that comes to mind is battery, lol.
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#22
Get both. The alternator isn't keeping it charged, but the battery should be able to hold power for at least a little bit after being jumped.


So you need to replace both.
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#23
Those are probably your two best bets. Im guessing that since it stops when you disconnect the jumper cables, your alternator broke a while ago and your car has ran the battery dry. So, you probably need both changed.
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#24
More likely than not the alternator....
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#25
Got it fixed. We checked the alternator first and it tested fine at autozone so we decided to check the battery today. And do you guys want to know what it was? A DIRTY BATTERY CONNECTION was causing all my problems. We took the whole front end apart to get the alternator off and thats all it was.
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