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My daughter has a 1999 Dodge Stratus and it stalls while…

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My daughter has a 1999 Dodge Stratus and it stalls while driving. The alternator has been tested and is good.

Mechanic's Assistant: Is the check engine light on? Does the car stall at idle or when driving?

No the check engine light does not come on but the Battery light does. It stalls while driving and idleing.

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

Yes. Checked Alternator

Mechanic's Assistant: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?

How much are you going to charge?

Submitted: 7 months ago.Category: Dodge
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Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago
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Hello, welcome and thanks for asking your question. My name is*****'m a Certified Auto Technician with 30+ years experience. I will do my best to assist you. please keep in mind that I may need to ask questions of you before I can answer. When you reply please feel free to add as much detailed information as possible pertaining to your concern.

Do you have access to a multimeter or voltmeter to run some electrical tests?

Keep me posted...

Thank you,

Robert

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Yeah but the battery is out of the car being charged.
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

We will need to do the testing once you have the battery reinstalled in the vehicle.

Post a reply here when the battery is back in the vehicle and we can continue at that time.

Also, If you can post the last 8 digits of the VIN, it will help me obtain correct electrical diagnostic information for your vehicle...

Thank you,

Robert

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok it s in .I turn the key and I can hear the fuel pump.
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Are you there?
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

I'm here.

Since the battery light is coming on, I am actually suspecting that the charging system is not charging the battery even though the alternator tested good. This may be caused by a wiring issue or a failed PCM...

Does the engine start and run normally after the battery is charged? For how long will it run before it begins stalling out?

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
it runs normally and stalls about in 10 minutes but now that the battery is charged it may last until the battery drains.
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Ok, now start the engine and let it idle. Using your multimeter, test the voltage directly at the battery with the engine idling. Post back the results...

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Sorry multimeter battery was dead. Got a new one now. Is it supposed to be on ACV or DCV?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Nevermind it is showing 12.5 on 200 DCV.
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Ok, Charging system is not charging the battery. Can you post the last 8 digits of the VIN so that I can do some research on this concern for you? I need to get the correct wiring diagrams to help you run some tests...

Keep me posted...

Thank you,

Robert

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
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Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Can you get to the back side of the alternator to check the output at the charging terminal at the back of the alternator? We need to check voltage at the alternator charging output terminal with engine running. Post back the results. Let me know if you are not able to access the back of the alternator.

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
40 ?
Customer reply replied 7 months ago
did I lose you?
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Sorry, Stepped away for a bit to have our Christmas meal...

What is the 40? referring to??

This should not be the voltage (DC) that is at the alternator output Terminal, It should be no more than 18 volts...

Keep me posted...

Thank you,

Robert

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
Ok getting g late. Thanks for your response and help. I will continue tomorrow
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Sounds good.

I also need to let you know that my responses may be delayed because I may be helping another customer, or I may be temporarily offline. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.

Thank you...

Robert

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
No problem.
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

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Customer reply replied 7 months ago
The alternator was putting out over 15v and tested (after a third time) bad. I replaced it and no voltage to battery. Turned out that the fusablelink (One of the thick wires connected to the positive battery post in the engine compartment) was bad (broken). We spliced it and soldered it back together and voila! It even has a distinctive hummmmm.
Dodge Mechanic: Robert R, ASE Certified Master replied 7 months ago

Hi.

This is exactly where I was leading to. If the alternator was putting out 15 volts, the alternator was definitely NOT bad... Testing output at back of the alternator at 15 volts and none of this voltage getting to the battery will tell me that your next test would have been to check the fusible link. Low output at the battery can be definitely caused by a burned fusible link.

Glad you got it solved...

Thank you and thanks for using JustAnswer!

Robert

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