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I have a 2012 Town and Country and the battery keeps dying.

Customer Question

Hi, I have a 2012 Town and Country and the battery keeps dying. So far, it hasn't died while I'm driving, but when I stop and let it sit for a few minutes, then try to start it again, it's dead. I tried changing the battery and the same thing happened with the new one. Is this a sign that the alternator is busted? Could it be anything else?
JA: Have you changed a battery before?
Customer: Yes.
JA: Are you fixing your Town and Country yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: So far, just changed the battery. If it's something I can at least trouble shoot myself, I'm willing to give it a try. I am working on restoring a '69 Cougar XR7, so I'm learning a bit about the workings under the hood. The Town and Country is quite different, though, but I'm not afraid to try.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No. Thanks.
Submitted: 10 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.

Good morning,

These vans are bad about developing parasitic draw and killing the battery if the vehicle sits for more than a few hours. Do you have a multi-meter to check the draw on the vehicle?

Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.


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Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I don't have a multi-meter, unfortunately.
Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.

Well bummer.

You will need one to test for a draw. The most common source of a draw on this van is the instrument cluster or the radio. Both are known to turn themselves on randomly. Also, you will want to make sure there aren't any accessories plugged in (gps, cell phone charger, etc).

How old is the battery?

Customer: replied 10 months ago.
I've tried two batteries. It's not the battery. My neighbor came over with a meter and we checked the battery, which was at 12.2 while cold. Then we jumped it and checked it again, while running. Now it's at 13.98. It's not the alternator. Is my only other option the TIPM? Could it be a fuse?
Expert:  Jared D replied 10 months ago.

I think maybe I was looking the wrong direction on this one. It's not killing the battery, it just doesn't crank? The battery stays charged?

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