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Old 04-26-2011, 01:35 PM
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I have a 2001 dodge 1500 with a weird problem. When I open the door the light in the cab comes on and if I put the key in the ignition not turning it, I hear the ding. Now when I turn the key on, not to ignition, there is no power to any instrument panels at all. Of course turning it to ignition nothing happens. Now , if I jump the truck no problems.

Here is the wierd problem. yesterday morning, it did this, I drove it to work, turned it off, tried to start it same thing as above. So I jumped it. Drove it home shut it off, i tried it and no problems started up and I did that two times. this morning I went and it started right up. The day before yesterday I drove it no problems. Nothing is being left on.

Another wierd thing is this. Say last night I drove home no problems and started up here and there. I park it and the next morning it starts right up, but, I notice the radio was reset like the power went off by itself. So from the night before till the next morning the truck just being parked somehow lost power on its own??? wierd....

Any ideas? Someone says it might be the regulator in the alternator as that is how his acted. Could that be the problem and if I test the alternator would it show bad?

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How many miles are on the truck?
How long since you've replaced the battery?
How corroded are the battery terminals?
Have you got a voltage meter to check the voltage across the battery?

It sounds like a battery with a bad cell or two. I wouldn't suspect the alternator as it sounds like there are days when it does take a charge and days it doesn't.

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I just replaced the battery and replaced the terminals by cleaning the cables up to as they where corroded about a month ago.

My truck has 128000 miles on it.

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My first guesses were Battery cables and battery, but you have already replaced those, so next on my list is the alternator. If it's not charging the battery all the time, you could experience the problems you have described, but I would expect there to be some indication on the dash of a charging issue. Does yours have a voltmeter on the dash? If so, what does it show during normal operation, and when the problem occurs.
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