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  • smokediver612
    smokediver612 - 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 12/11/2014
    Battery will hold a charge then. All of a sudden lose charge
    Changed cable ends. Was find for several hours. So said it wasn't alternator. But never really checked it.they said it was cable end.
    • Teddy B
      12/11/2014 Teddy B
      I will just get a start on your question or problem & we can continue on another day

      While some may disagree you need to always replace the entire battery cable,never
      cut off the ends

      If the ends are shot then there is corrosion etc inside & a reason you had to get rid of the

      Today's vehicles are very sensitive to voltage drops,so replace the cables

      If the battery is 2 years old 4 years old or a senior citizen it may have failed

      At least have it load tested

      Was fine for several hours-apparently not
      So said it wasn't alternator-really what was it then?
      But never really tested it-why was that?

      Sounds like your talking about a repair shop you went to
      in some back water town with no experience at all

      For your knowledge use the internet,google & you tube video to see what
      a Parasitic Current Drain test is & how it is done--that may very well find your
      battery drain problem--IF --that is the question you ask about

      I would seek out a different shop for sure
    JEROME ADAMS - 2006 Dodge Dakota - Preventive Maintenance - 11/29/2014
    The windshield washer motor not working, I have checked the fuses and tested the lines I even replaced the motor and
    still the motor does not work I am at a loss please help.
    0 answer
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    • jdl
      11/27/2014 jdl
      You just tell the autostore what you need, tell them the year--make and model, engine size, where applicable. Maybe I misunderstood your question?
  • chris
    chris - 2000 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 11/23/2014
    Replaced turn signal switch, relay, and fuse but turn signals still wont work
    anything else i can try
    0 answer
  • jake
    jake - 2006 Dodge Dakota - Preventive Maintenance - 11/19/2014
    Housing and light bulb for this truck.
    cup cover at end of bulb has fallen off, this piece is to large to pull through opening for bulb replacement, does this mean I need to replace the whole housing?
    0 answer
  • dodge
    dodge - 2011 Dodge Charger - Preventive Maintenance - 11/15/2014
    Should alternator go out in two years
    Our alternator went out and fried the battery as well, what can we do about this since we have had the vehicle for two years.
    • CVO
      11/15/2014 CVO
      This vehicle has 3 years or 36,000 miles warranty bumper to bumpers and 7 years or 70,000 miles powertrain warranty. Call Dodge Dealer for a warranty repair.
  • melanie
    melanie - 1998 Dodge Grand Caravan - Preventive Maintenance - 10/30/2014
    How do we fix rear heat on a 1998 dodge van 3.8
    We have heat in the front of the van but it blows COLD in the rear. The console lights like the fan and windshield wipers, defrost would blink until they decided to stop blinking. Replaced console and plug which solved that problem but still have no back heat. ...
    0 answer
  • tabz
    tabz - 2012 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 10/20/2014
    Car will not start with "push button" but will start with remote key.
    Today car shut down in middle of road, I had to go out and use remote start, then it started ok.
    • GT500Knights
      10/20/2014 GT500Knights
      You sorta answered your own question....button is bad or the wiring to it
  • tabz
    tabz - 2012 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 10/19/2014
    Hi, issue is my car won't start with "push button" but will start with remote key.
    Today also car shut down in middle of road.
    0 answer
  • john henry
    john henry - 2002 Dodge Dakota - Preventive Maintenance - 10/4/2014
    After truck is warm it idle up two and above RPM
    If I don't hold brakes it will get away from me
    • Jimm
      10/4/2014 Jimm
      The idle air control (IAC) valve is located on the throttle bore (in most cases) and is designed to adjust engine air intake at idle which controls the engine idle speed. The PCM receives feedback data from various sensors to send output signals designed to adjust the air passage open or closed which adjusts the engine idle speed. At engine speeds above idle, the valve is not used and does not effect the engine. Engine idle speeds are not adjustable.

      When an idle air control valve get dirty or fails it can cause the engine to idle erratically and even stall. Sometimes a weak idle air control motor will can cause engine problems without triggering a MIL (check engine) light. Inspect vacuum lines when servicing the idle air control valve and replace any that are broken or dilapidated.

      As the first step - clean the IAC and throttle body, and the MAF sensor using a sensor-specific aerosol spray. Make sure the air cleaner / air filter is clean.

      Check the various on-line vendors;,,, to list only a few. For example, they (RockAuto) list the idle air control (IAC) valve from around $18.50 for your vehicle.
  • rae brann
    rae brann - 2009 Dodge Caliber - Preventive Maintenance - 9/29/2014
    Rear driver side signal light is malfunctioning. There is condensation inside the lens
    The Rear driver side signal flashes very rapidly inside, and is not lighting up the signal light. 2 - getting low tire pressure signal 3 - need state inspection
    • Jimm
      9/29/2014 Jimm
      Remove the tail light lens and replace the gasket / seal. Replace the tail light bulb at the same time - be sure to examine the bulb socket for corrosion.
  • diamondmac3
    diamondmac3 - 2003 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 9/18/2014
    Fuel injector cleaner?
    I saw this fuel injector cleaner in the picture at dollar tree...wondering if anyone would feel comfortable using that in your vehicle? Is it all pretty much the same off brand or not...or should I go ahead and get the bigger brand names from wal mart? This would be ...
    • Jimm
      9/18/2014 Jimm
      First question - why is the fuel injection cleaner needed? What symptoms or problems are you looking to resolve?
  • diamondmac3
    diamondmac3 - 2003 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 9/17/2014
    Do all spark plugs need anti seize?
    I bought the spark plugs in the attached the description it says "In addition to those benefits, copper plus also provides the best corrosion protection in the industry and eliminates the need for any use of anti-seize compound altogether with its ...
    • alex
      9/17/2014 alex
      anti seize wont hurt anything i don't think it has an aluminium head where it's realy important.
      9/18/2014 diamondmac3
      I know it won't hurt anything to use it I'm just wondering if you think I can trust that and go without any since it says none is required? I just hadn't heard of that before had Always heard make sure to use it
  • diamondmac3
    diamondmac3 - 2003 Dodge Durango - Preventive Maintenance - 9/8/2014
    Battery corrosion is bad and comes fast...
    My battery terminals corrode very quickly...I can clean them off perfectly and look a month to month and half later and the corrosion is extremely thick on the terminals again. This happens over and over, I have replaced the battery term clamps twice in last 8 ...
    • CVO
      9/8/2014 CVO
      Acid sulfuric or battery electrolyte worked their way out of the battery post terminals and chew-up the terminal clamps.
      Use the Permatex 82194-12PK Ultra Grey Rigid High-Torque RTV Silicone Gasket Maker - 3.5 oz. to pour it around the post and it will form a sealant ring to stop the acid fumes. Let the sealer dries out prior to re-install the clamps.
  • Shaun
    Shaun - 2004 Dodge Caravan - Preventive Maintenance - 8/11/2014
    Why does the anti-freeze seem to evaporate and have to be filled on a weekly basis?
    Does not appear to have leak Changed radiator, temperature gage, water pump, and radiator cap. Oil and transmission levels appear to be okay
    • CVO
      8/11/2014 CVO
      Possible leak points include hoses, the radiator, heater core, water pump, thermostat housing, head gasket, freeze plugs, automatic transmission oil cooler, cylinder head(s) and block.

      Make a careful visual inspection of the entire cooling system, and then PRESSURE TEST the cooling system and radiator cap. A pressure test will reveal internal leaks such as seepage past the head gasket as well as cracks in the head or block. A good system should hold 12 to 15 psi for 15 minutes or more with no loss in pressure. If it leaks pressure, there is an internal coolant leak (most likely a bad head gasket but possibly also a cracked cylinder or engine block).

      Large chain auto parts stores such as Autozone, O'Reilly, PepBoys have a loan tool free program. Check with them for a radiator pressure tester.