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My 2003 Ram 1500...

My 2003 Ram 1500 sits for long periods so the battery ran dead. I put the trickle charge on the battery until the next day. When I tried to start it, a small red light began flashing on the panel but no start, no lights, nothing electrical. I checked the fuses but they all looked good.

Mechanic's Assistant: Did you test the battery with a voltmeter? And have you ever changed one before?

The charger that I used showed a full charge on the battery. I have used that charger before.

Mechanic's Assistant: Are you fixing your Ram 1500 yourself? What have you tried so far?

So far I have only checked the fuses. I'm not that good with electrical systems. We live on a farm so I would need to get a tow truck to take it to a garage. Rather not do that.

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Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago
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Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

How old is the battery and have you checked it with a load tester as just checking voltage does only one small part. I can tell you how to give you a better idea what is happening with some easy basic checks.

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Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

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Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

I'm sure you heard of what ampere ratting a battery is? This is referring to the health or strength od the battery in it'a ability to hold a good charge under a normal load such as starting and accessories being used. Also we need to make sure the charging system is functioning proper as well,

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
someone suggested that it might be a security shut-off since the flashing red light is the antitheft indicator. Any chance that might be true?
Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

if you cannot get to a shop to do these tests properly I will walk you through some good ole country ways to check them as I lived on a beef farm most of my life , so I know what it's all about and will do my best to help you.

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Customer reply replied 8 months ago
Not convenient to do it tonight. I'll check the battery tomorrow. Thanks for your time.
Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

low voltage will trigger any alarms or anti theft systems so lets make sure the basics are ok first.

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Dodge Mechanic: Peter Bagley, Auto Service Technician replied 8 months ago

I will look for your reply tomorrow , What you can do tomorrow is disable to start , hook up your volt meter to the battery and crank for about 15 seconds and watch the meter and record the voltage drop.

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