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Experience:  30 years certified Chrysler technician, smog license Certified Master Technician
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I cannot keep a battery charged unless the vehicle is

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I cannot keep a battery charged unless the vehicle is cranked a/o driven every day. I have replaecd the battery several times, it is not the batteries or the alternator.
JA: Lots of things can cause problems with the battery. The Chrysler Mechanic will know what to do. Tell me a bit more about what's going on so he can help you best.
Customer: There is a spark in fuse box when reconnecting the terminals to the battery I think, my brother-in-law noticed last time we charged the battery and put it back in the car. I havent noticed any other issues, only battery drain within 24-48 hours if not cranked.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself?
Customer: No, I just dont have the money to take to a dealer and let them waste time looking and charging me a ton of money while they are looking. Was hoping to have some idea of what to tell them when I do take it in.
JA: OK! The Chrysler Mechanic will help you with the diagnostics so you are sure to get this fixed right. Is there anything else the Chrysler Mechanic should be aware of about your Chrysler?
Customer: no, not at the moment.
JA: OK. Got it. I'm sending you to a secure page on JustAnswer so you can place the $5 fully-refundable deposit now. While you're filling out that form, I'll tell the Chrysler Mechanic about your situation and then connect you two.
Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Chris replied 1 year ago.

Hello and welcome to just answer. Your van has a parasitic draw. In other words, one of the control modules is not shutting down when the ignition switch is turned off. That causes the battery to be drained. Ask an automotive electrical shop to connect their ammeter in series between the battery and the vehicle's electrical system and monitor the current draw . It needs to be under 40 milliamps. They can then start removing fuses and/or disconnecting modules until the draw is acceptable. That is how they can determine which module is causing the excessive draw. Then that module will need to be replaced.

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Expert:  Chris replied 1 year ago.

Hello, just checking back to see how it is going with the van.

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