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Old 03-10-2010, 07:17 AM
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I've got a '98 Durango, a couple of days ago I went to start it and it reved up to like 800 RPM's (like it normally does when you start it) then it just died. I tried several more times and it would keep going if I held my foot on the gas. Then after a couple more tries it started up and worked fine. Then no more problems until today. The same thing happened, only this time after a couple tries it wouldn't even turn over and there was no power to anything, the headlights wouldn't come on, no dash lights, no power locks or windows, nothing. My friend was standing outside the truck when this was going on and he said there was a loud click the last time I started it. Any ideas? where should I look for the short?

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Old 03-10-2010, 07:29 AM
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Had something similiar happen on my Dakota a while back. It's usually an electrical problem, either the battery is dying or the alternator has gone bad and sucking all the power from the battery while running. Mine was the latter, and the wire that connects the battery to the alternator had burned up from the backfeed or something. Have the alternator checked at a auto store along with the battery. If it's not those I can't really help much more, but somebody probably knows. Good luck.
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Old 03-10-2010, 07:36 AM
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Replace the battery - these trucks don't like weak batteries
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Old 03-10-2010, 08:38 AM
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hmmm, I'm not so sure if it's the battery or alternator, I only started it up 3 or 4 times before it craped out. and it was such a sudden loss of power. It was turning over just fine before it just wouldn't do anything. It didn't slowly get weaker... and does that explain how it was just dying right after I'd start it if my foot wasn't on the gas?
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Old 03-10-2010, 10:29 AM
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Have the battery load tested and I believe you'll find it has a dead cell and needs to be replaced.
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Old 03-12-2010, 08:18 AM
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so, I haven't had a chance to get the battery load tested, but yesterday I got in and tried to start it, the lights came on dimly and when I turned the key there was this loud ticking noise coming from the glove box (like one tick per second). When I opened the glove box it stopped, I closed it and it started ticking again..... WEIRD? ....I took the key out... it kept ticking. I went back inside for about 20 minutes. it was still ticking. Tried starting it a few more times and still nothing. I had the door open while I was doing some other stuff near the truck. when I came back to it the dome light had come on. I tried starting it and it was doing the thing where it would keep running if I was holding it above 1000 rpms, but would die when I let off. I tried starting it today and got it to keep running on it's own a couple times, so I checked the battery with a multi-meter while it was running and got about 14v... I got 12.3 when it was off. Hopefully I get a chance to get the battery checked tomorrow
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Old 03-12-2010, 10:49 AM
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so, I haven't had a chance to get the battery load tested, but yesterday I got in and tried to start it, the lights came on dimly and when I turned the key there was this loud ticking noise coming from the glove box (like one tick per second). When I opened the glove box it stopped, I closed it and it started ticking again..... WEIRD? ....I took the key out... it kept ticking. I went back inside for about 20 minutes. it was still ticking. Tried starting it a few more times and still nothing. I had the door open while I was doing some other stuff near the truck. when I came back to it the dome light had come on. I tried starting it and it was doing the thing where it would keep running if I was holding it above 1000 rpms, but would die when I let off. I tried starting it today and got it to keep running on it's own a couple times, so I checked the battery with a multi-meter while it was running and got about 14v... I got 12.3 when it was off. Hopefully I get a chance to get the battery checked tomorrow
All classic systems of a bad battery.
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either what was said, or could also be a bad ground(s). check the main bad ground to be sure it's not loose, broken, or corroded.
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Old 03-12-2010, 06:21 PM
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seriously!.... it sounded like a bomb! :-)
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Old 03-12-2010, 07:05 PM
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any Ideas what that ticking could've been?
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