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post #1 of 2 Old 01-01-2013, 10:30 PM Thread Starter
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99 Durango won't stay running

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I have a 99 Durango 4x4 with a 318. It will not stay running, just quits even while I am driving it. It has a new battery, the alternator test fine and I just replaced the computer. It ran for about 5 miles and the check gauges light came on again and it stopped. For some reason my battery is not staying charged or charging. Any ideas?
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post #2 of 2 Old 01-02-2013, 05:09 PM
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It sounds like you have at least one electrical issue. Id first find out what code was thrown to give you the CEL. Second, i would figure out what your battery is not staying charged. If the battery is draining while the truck is sitting doing nothing, then you have a parasitic battery drain. In other words, a ground wire shorted to power somewhere. They arent that hard to pin-point. Here is a very good step-by-step instructions on how to figure out where the issue is.

http://www.wikihow.com/Find-a-Parasitic-Battery-Drain

Once you have that figured out, and your battery is fully charged, then start trying to find the issue that is making the truck die suddenly. That too will be an electrical issue. It may very well be the same issue causing your battery drain. But start by checking the battery connections. Make sure they are clean & tight. If not, take them off and hit them with a wire brush and then re-install. Sudden shut-down issues are usually a loose connection or broken wire somewhere.

Good luck...

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