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04 pt cruiser, something kills battery in bout 4 mi driving,

Customer Question

04 pt cruiser, something kills battery in bout 4 mi driving, with fully charged new battery. Batt lite is on, but should go further than that. Must be a big drain to go that fast. Could alt. short out?
JA: Have you tested the battery? Is the battery fluid low?
Customer: It is a new battery. few mins old.
JA: What is the model/year of your Chrysler?
Customer: 1004 pt cruiser. automatic no turbo
JA: What year is your Pt Cruiser?
Customer: I am an old (79) mechanic, never had one go this fast. Like a direct short to ground.
JA: Are you hoping to fix this yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: Grandsopn car. WEnt dead, found old dead batt. Went bought new one,did not make it home, though batt might be not full charge, put on charger and brought up to full charge, drove 4 mi .home and dead again. Alt is probably bad, since batt lite is on, hope to fixe it myself.
JA: Anything else you think the mechanic should know?
Customer: draw small spark when connecting, about what a radio would draw, or the computer, or something. Nothing like an arc.
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Submitted: 1 year ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

good evening my name is ***** ***** I will assist

did you check the voltage at the battery with the engine running???

yes, it can drain that quickly. the newer cars consume much more electricity than the older cars. you and me are from an older era.


Customer: replied 1 year ago.
will do after batt charges. Pretty sure alt is gone. can I reply by email tomorrow?
Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

sure, I will be traveling during the day and be on after lunch till the evening


Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

how are you making out

Customer: replied 1 year ago.
was alternator. Voltage 12.7 engine off, 9.7 running.
Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

did you replace it yet??

did you verify voltage running after replacing???

regulator is in the pcm

thats where we would have been heading if you would have responded


Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

are you there

Expert:  roybelding replied 1 year ago.

are you going to respond??