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10/22/2010
16:23:40

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I have a 2001 Dakota 3.9 4x4 that I bought new only has 35,000 miles on it. the last two or three years I have to put a new battery in every year. I only drive it very short distances and have been told that the way a Dodge charging system is designed that you have to drive them at least 8 or 10 miles to keep the battery charged. The truck also sets alot. When the Battery gets weak it stalls when you put it in gear, will not idle.. I replace the battery and it works fine. Any help on getting better battery life would be appreciated..



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10/22/2010
17:19:16

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The truck sits alot, well if you leave it sitting for months then I could see the battery going dead. If you start it up ones a week than the battery should stayed charge. If your batteries are going out then check that your alternator is charging properly and check the battery temp sensor that is under the battery.
Also make sure you are buying a good battery!



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10/23/2010
09:19:30

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I think what you need is an automatic battery charger they are designed to keep the battery charged in cases just like yours. some even have hook ups that stay connected to the battery and all you have to do is leave the charger pluged in and just unplug/replug the connector to the charger, so if the truck sits for a week or more the battery will stay charged.
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10/23/2010
09:26:02

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A low current charger like dakota49 described would be the fix. They are used by people with boats a lot. Chargers like those will maintain the battery's charge without cooking it.

"and have been told that the way a Dodge charging system is designed that you have to drive them at least 8 or 10 miles to keep the battery charged."

It's not a Dodge thing. Any battery will go dead just sitting around without charging.



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