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Old 03-25-2013, 05:06 PM   #1
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Hey guys, I know this is a mustang forum, but you all are the first people I come to when I have a car problem.

Anyway, my cousin has a 2012 dodge charger R/T road and track package and I think his alternator crapped out on him. On the way to school his radio turned off for no reason and wouldn't turn back on, next his battery light came on, then his check engine light, abs light, traction control light ( and any other warning light on the dash) came on. The air conditioning started blowing hot air. Then his car downshifted into first and wouldn't shift, even with the paddles and the gear select. So we pulled into a parking lot. When we stopped, his windshield wipers started going and then the car dropped to like 200 rims and sputtered while the touch screen radio strobed and spazzed out. So he turned off the car. When he tried to start it it said that it was started on the push button but the engine wasn't running. After all of this, we jumped it using my mustang and it started up instantly with no warnings or malfunctions. But as soon as I disconnected the jumpers, it freaked out and died on its own. This has to be the alternator right??

...or it's possessed
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Check the battery terminals.. Same thing happend to my 98 on the way home from school but it ran and sputtered and so we stoped and called my dad so he could come and find out the problem. I needed new battery terminals.
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Check the battery terminals.. Same thing happend to my 98 on the way home from school but it ran and sputtered and so we stoped and called my dad so he could come and find out the problem. I needed new battery terminals.

Good suggestion.. Make sure they are on good and tight. Also see if the battery isn't defective. It could be a module an alternator would stop the car from being operable. If you have an OBD II scanner see if you can't find any soft codes.
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Good suggestion.. Make sure they are on good and tight. Also see if the battery isn't defective. It could be a module an alternator would stop the car from being operable. If you have an OBD II scanner see if you can't find any soft codes.
We checked his tuner for error codes, and it said low voltage
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We checked his tuner for error codes, and it said low voltage
Hmm I bet it's the battery. I'm racking my brain. The Alternator doesn't seem likely, but while your at it test it to. Oh and the battery should be in the trunk on that car.
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Hmm I bet it's the battery. I'm racking my brain. The Alternator doesn't seem likely, but while your at it test it to. Oh and the battery should be in the trunk on that car.
In the trunk?!?! Dodges are werid...
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In the trunk?!?! Dodges are werid...
Haha it's not all that uncommon some Buick's are in the back seat

My Chrysler's was in the fender well

* under the back seat. Jag puts there's in the trunk as well.
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Haha it's not all that uncommon some Buick's are in the back seat

My Chrysler's was in the fender well

* under the back seat. Jag puts there's in the trunk as well.
I'd be afraid to be sitting over the battery
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