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  • Bryan Kingsfield
    Bryan Kingsfield - 1990 Dodge B250 - Preventive Maintenance - 4/28/2015
    My new battery will not hold a charge. I have had it tested at it appears to be alright
    The battery will only hold a charge for a couple of days and then it goes completely dead.
     
    • Teddy B
      4/28/2015 Teddy B
      Go to You Tube & watch how to do a Parasitic Current Drain Test
      to find out what circuit is draining the battery

      You will need a factory wiring diagram & learn to use
      it to study the circuit with the problem
  • jamahutch
    jamahutch - 1985 Dodge D150 - Preventive Maintenance - 4/24/2015
    Why will my turn signals and hazards not work if all if the fuses are in working order?
    Every so often the turn signals to come on and work for a while, but all of a sudden they stop working.
     
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  • Clover86
    Clover86 - 1993 Dodge Intrepid - Preventive Maintenance - 4/22/2015
    Why does my car make a scraping/grinding sound when i start to accelerate?
    The vehicle has about 150k miles on it and i have not owned it for long so am uncertain of repairs it has had or needs for the most part. But i did notice that from a stop, once i start to accelerate in first gear it makes a scraping/grinding noise that may be ...
     
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  • Clover86
    Clover86 - 1993 Dodge Intrepid - Preventive Maintenance - 4/22/2015
    Why does my car make a scraping/grinding sound when i start to accelerate?
    The vehicle has about 150k miles on it and i have not owned it for long so am uncertain of repairs it has had or needs for the most part. But i did notice that from a stop, once i start to accelerate in first gear it makes a scraping/grinding noise that may be ...
     
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  • Lester L
    Lester L - 2010 Dodge Ram 1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 4/19/2015
    Does my 2010 dodge ram1500 5.7 hemi have grease zerts and if so where are they located.
    Can't find any grease zerts
     
    • Jimm
      4/19/2015 Jimm
      No grease fittings anymore - all the suspension joints have non-greaseable / fully sealed components.
    • jdl
      4/19/2015 jdl
      As far as 2wd, My info doesn't show any grease certs underneath. Check your owners manual, under maintenance, which I just did.

      You can always lube the door hinges and the hood hinges, things like that.
      jdl
      4/19/2015 jdl
      Hello Jimm, didn't see your post. Have a good day.

      Hey Lester, nice picture.
  • Thomas
    Thomas - 1990 Dodge Daytona - Preventive Maintenance - 4/19/2015
    Can the neutral safety switch be bypassed
    Can the neutral safety switch be bypassed
     
    • Jimm
      4/19/2015 Jimm
      Why would the safety switch need to be bypassed? You can change the neutral safety switch for around $6.00 - part cost alone.
      Check these on-line vendors for the replacement parts; www.autopartswarehouse.com, www.RockAuto.com, www.partsgeek.com, to list only a few.
  • maly
    maly - 2004 Dodge Neon - Preventive Maintenance - 4/11/2015
    Car acting werid like its going to die
    when i stop my car acts like its going to die, when i turn the radio on it is worse.
     
    • Jimm
      4/11/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance.

      This aspect is important; there may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
      Jimm
      4/11/2015 maly
      thank u very much
  • maly
    maly - 2004 Dodge Neon - Preventive Maintenance - 4/11/2015
    My car when i stop acts like its going to die whats wrong?
    if i stop at a light or a stop sign , it feels like its going to die and it does it worse when the radio is on
     
    • Jimm
      4/11/2015 Jimm
      First step - have the stored fault codes or check engine light scanned - for free - at any local auto parts store; Advance Auto, Auto Zone, NAPA. Then, post a reply as 'add answer' with the specific code for more assistance.

      This aspect is important; there may be a fault code stored in the OBD memory which may not be displayed as a check engine light.

      Do not skip this important first step - there are literally hundreds of possible fault codes. Avoid wasting/ throwing money at the problem.

      Possible Causes of Engine Hesitation or Stumble:

      Dirty fuel injectors (cleaning the injectors often fixes this)
      Dirty air filter (change filter)
      Dirty / clogged fuel filter (change filter)
      Bad MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor
      Bad TPS (throttle position) sensor
      Bad or dirty MAF (mass airflow) sensor
      Low fuel pressure (leaky fuel pressure regulator or weak fuel pump)
      Vacuum leaks (intake manifold, vacuum hoses, throttle body, EGR valve)
      Bad gasoline (fuel contaminated with water or too much alcohol)

      Sometimes, what feels like a hesitation is actually ignition misfire rather than lean misfire. The causes of ignition misfire may include:

      Dirty or worn spark plugs
      Bad plug wires
      Weak ignition coil
      Wet plug wires
  • 2fastnfurious
    2fastnfurious - 2007 Dodge Charger - Preventive Maintenance - 4/8/2015
    Why is my "electric throttle control" warning light coming on?
    My "electric throttle control" light comes on. I've replaced a bad battery with a brand new one & the problem still occu
     
    • Teddy B
      4/8/2015 Teddy B
      Have you check for OBD Codes in all vehicle systems ?

      Have you diagnosed those codes looking for a problem

      Did you just replace the battery yourself & nothing else?

      If so you need to scan the vehicle & work on the codes
      you should have & any emission monitors that don't run

      My guess--you have cylinder misfires & not
      a throttle control motor issue
  • Ncat242
    Ncat242 - 1996 Dodge Ram 1500 - Preventive Maintenance - 3/21/2015
    Wiper motor works, blows fuzes when switch is activated, wiring has been checked.
    Works at a school automotive shop was thoroughly checked but could not find problem was told may be a ground short of some type, Help please.
     
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  • Paul
    Paul - 1996 Dodge Stratus - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2015
    Why did my AC fan stop blowing air? It was working fine yesterday and then stopped on th eway home.
    My car has 129K on it. The Air Conditioner worked fine when I went to the store. On the way back it just stopped working. This is the first time I had a problem with it. It happened when the engine was running. No warning lights are on to my knowledge.
     
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  • Paul
    Paul - 1996 Dodge Stratus - Preventive Maintenance - 3/9/2015
    Why did my AC fan stop blowing air? It was working fine yesterday and then stopped on th eway home.
    My car has 129K on it. The Air Conditioner worked fine when I went to the store. On the way back it just stopped working. This is the first time I had a problem with it. It happened when the engine was running. No warning lights are on to my knowledge.
     
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  • Chris
    Chris - 2001 Dodge Dakota - Preventive Maintenance - 3/8/2015
    Reverse lights don't come on and my left indicator light flashes faster than normal.
    I have replaced the bulbs and the fuse and the problem still occurs.
     
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  • pat
    pat - 2004 Dodge Grand Caravan - Preventive Maintenance - 3/4/2015
    My car doesn't have antifreeze and it is going down to 18 degrees tonight. Dumb, I know. What can I do.
    It is not in a garage
     
    • Jimm
      3/4/2015 Jimm
      Drain the radiator down to the point to add the correct mixture of 50/50 water and anti-freeze. Another tip is to place a large blanket or piece of cardboard in front of the radiator.
  • Shane
    Shane - 2010 Dodge Challenger - Preventive Maintenance - 2/9/2015
    Remote start does not work
    When I press my remote start the car does not start instead the doors lock
     
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