I would go like that for weeks and months until one time I would try after leaving it for a couple of days then the car would be DEAD.
Battery draining if car sits a few days without being started
I went back and the guys at NTB told me that they cannot change the battery unless I took the car to the dealer and have them check the electricity and everything else. They told me that the battery was good, the alternator was good and had no choice but to take my car back home, That was bloody stupid but I had no choice.
I called NTB and they looked at the paper from the dealer and gave me a new battery. That was a couple of months ago.
I was going to spend a week out, and I chose to not unplug the battery. When I came back, the battery was dead. NTB had told me about another place, I took it to the other place and they told me that the battery was good, the alternator was good and everything else checked out ok.
I have to tell you that before all this craziness started, the horn would blow at random, sometimes in the middle of the night, and would wake up my neighbors until I remove the fuses for the horn.
I am desperate. I love the car, but I am afraid to go anywhere with it. Has either place checked for parasitic electrical draw? Do you have any aftermarket electronics installed?
The Dodge dealer told me that they did a draw test, I am assuming they meant parasitic electrical draw. And no I had nothing installed in the vehicle. Thanks for replying.
Wish I could offer more help. This appears to be an intermittent problem which can be extremely difficult to solve. All I can say is good luck. A shop that has a good reputation for solid diagnostics is where you will need to go. Nobody seems to do proper work these days, it really is embarrassing and sad. Hope you find a competent Indy shop to help you. Usually this sort of problem is caused by a faulty door switch, or aftermarket alarm or audio system. It may be fine at 10 pm, and not go into battery drain mode until 3 am.
Install a cell phone app on your cell phone that automatically takes a photo every 15 minutes. Aim the camera at your drain current meter. Then you will have a photo-record of the battery drain current every 15 minutes as the car sits unused, overnight. The hottest fuse will be the problematic circuit. So nobody has figured this out? My car just started this.Lake Chevy helped make these videos.
We are still working to obtain content for your car, however the video above is believed to have similar characteristics as your car. The video above shows you how to replace the battery in your Dodge Journey. We recommend changing the battery in Dodges every 4 years. Although some batteries last much longer, most batteries begin breaking down chemically after four years, so you could experience dimmer headlights and other negative effects before you have a dead battery in your Journey that you need to replace.
Replacing the battery in your Journey involves removing the terminals. When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. In some Journeys, you may need to re-enter a security code to get your radio to work again. Check for this code in your owners manual - it will usually be either a sticker or small card in the booklet.
If you can't find it, call Dodge and they will give you the code for free. In many Dodges, the transmission "learns" how you drive over time and makes adjustments, so you may experience altered driving dynamics as your car re-learns your driving style after changing the battery. The burnt out tail light: classic reason for a cop to pull you over - change yours now. DRLs are on more than your headlights.
They burn out faster and should be replaced regularly. Learning how to jump your car before you need to is an excellent idea. Do you ever get into your friend's car and notice a bad smell? A dirty cabin air filter could be the culprit. Getting Started Prepare for the repair. Open the Hood How to pop the hood and prop it open. Access Battery Learn where the battery is located. Remove Bracket Take off the bracket that secures the battery.
Remove Cables How to disconnect the cables the right way. Clean Cables Clean with baking soda, water and a wire brush. New Battery Install new battery and prevent corrosion. Secure Battery Replace the bracket to secure the new battery. Replace Cover Ensure the cover is put back properly. More Info. Additional thoughts on replacing the battery. Video Description. Other videos you might find helpful.Horn goes off randomly while parked and while driving.
First started after I took it through a car wash in February. At that time, I played with the buttons on the FOB it seemed to have stopped. Problem solved I thought, thought wrong. Now it is April and my Journey started honking again during a rain storm last night. My elderly neighbour called me and woke my up around midnight, she was worried something was wrong with me because my car kept honking.
Sure enough it was honking alright. As I looked out the window, I noticed that before it started to honk there was a flicker in the right side tail light. Before I unlocked the door, I could see the Dodge Ram dash light was on. I took it for a drive it was honking as I was driving, as it did in February, so I had to take it outside the city played with the FOB again brought it home it honked once and quit. I thought it was okay until I woke up to it honking at 5 am this morning I had to go out in the pouring rain as the honking continued from the right side horn to make it stop I had no choice but to pull the fuses M22 and M I have owned several vehicles none of them ever had a problem like this.
Update from May 2, : Battery is being drained. Clicking under the hood in the fuse panel pulled M13 fuse stopped the clicking and battery drain. Put the horn fuses back in. Now I can't start or drive the car because horn is constantly going off. Will pull horn fuses again.
While on the way to work about a week ago, I hear someone just blowing their horn and I'm like, "who is that? Looking around not realizing it was my car. So I pull over, push the horn a couple of times, turn car off and it stops.Dodge Journey owners have reported 8 problems related to battery under the electrical system category.
The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Journey based on all problems reported for the Journey.
Tl the contact owns a Dodge Journey. While driving 25 mph, an abnormal noise was detected from the vehicle. The contact also mentioned that the battery needed to be charged in order for the vehicle to start and power steering fluid was leaking. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who diagnosed that the steering hose was leaking and needed to be replaced.
The vehicle was not repaired.
The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure mileage wasSee all problems of the Dodge Journey. The contact owns a Dodge Journey. After the contact entered the vehicle, it would not start. The failure recurred five times. The vehicle was towed to a dealer where it was diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired; however, the failure persisted. The battery was replaced three times. The manufacturer was notified of the failure.
The approximate failure mileage was 12, The contact stated that while driving at various speeds, the vehicle would suddenly stall. The contact indicated that in some instances the vehicle could not be restarted. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic, who diagnosed that the battery needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired but the failure recurred. The manufacturer was not notified of the failure.
The failure mileage was 86, The contact stated that while driving at approximately 25 mph, the vehicle stalled without warning. The vehicle was taken to a dealer where the battery was replaced but the failure recurred.
The contact received notification of NHTSA campaign id number: 14v electrical system however, the part was unavailable to perform the recall repair.
The approximate failure mileage wasThe contact stated that the vehicle would occasionally not start. The vehicle was taken to the delaer, where the battery was replaced. The failure mileage was 20, and the current mileage was 24,Dodge Journey owners have reported 13 problems related to battery dead under the electrical system category.
The most recently reported issues are listed below. Also please check out the statistics and reliability analysis of Dodge Journey based on all problems reported for the Journey. The vehicle intermittently would not start one day. Replaced the battery and all connectors inspected.
The vehicle will drive for a day or two then end up with another dead battery. The main problem is when the last time the battery died it turned off the engine while I was in an intersection and was almost in an accident because of it. See all problems of the Dodge Journey. Tl the contact owns a Dodge Journey. The contact stated that the battery would suddenly fail intermittently and the vehicle would have to be jumpstarted. The contact took the vehicle to a certified mechanic who was unable to diagnose the cause of the failure.
The contact called dishman Dodge ram Chrysler Jeep located at e sprague Ave, spokane, waand was informed that the battery failed. The vehicle was not repaired and the failure continued intermittently. The contact called the manufacturer and was informed that it was a common failure with the vehicle; however, there was no permanent remedy. The vehicle had not been repaired. The approximate failure mileage wasBattery goes dead all the time, check enjine light, traction light, loses power going up small hills, won't shift, air bag light stays on, testing says it has a battery drain, cam shat sensor light changed but still says bad, we put a new battery in but doesnt help.
Vehicle not used 4 days, tried to start, the battery totally discharged, zero volts measured with a voltmeter. No apparent reason, nothing was left connected or powered on I. E computer, phone, etc. I read several comments online. Is there a known reason? The car battery is physically located behind the left fender, in front of the left wheel and will be damaged even in case of a minor fender-bender.
If this will happen, all the occupants except the driver will be locked inside. What if a fire will occur? I hope my concern will reach the right person or departmentand I hope a cure or remedy will be find.
This will possible save lives! Sentry security feature randomly malfunctions, deactivating the engine and stranding the vehicle.
Vehicle makes click noise when key fob is turned to start, but engine won't turn over. Then vehicle will act like the battery is dead, even though it isn't. The vehicle will work normally for months with no problems. No warnings and no patterns. Only able to start again after a few hours left alone.Just love my Journey, which I could drive it with out having to jump start every time. From day one of purchase warning lights came up driving form the dealer to home, oil light sounded then goes off, ASP, ESP- Thought it would clear 15th May she wouldn't start - Advise the dealer said we would need a new battery due to the cold weather Got the battery and replace.
Fixed issues 27th June oil light now on - 1st July Dead again 2nd July replace battery with Higher CC 14th July Dead again, wouldn't start - spoke with dealer and finance company 16th July back the the service center again, checking 20th July - Stuck in idling in the morning, battery dead again 21st July - Flat battery - had everything off, radio and air con 28th July - Back to the service center Now after research the TIPM is the issue, as every time there's a different failure and every time the battery is flat, Dodge does not recognize the issue as a recall, and now no longer reproduces the part Go figure - Feeling guttered that this car is a lemon and Dodge doesn't care.
I tried to return this lemon but without knowledge and money I'm stuck. I just spend any extra money I have. Heart broken and broke I wish they cared.
Now waiting for AAA to tow me and tapped out, please God help me. FCA discontinues the part! Presumably because there are multiple complaints with multiple vehicles using this same part. Class action in California. How can a company discontinue a part integral to the operation of the vehicle on an 8 year old vehicle? An 8 year old vehicle and FCA obsoleted the part with no replacement! How is this possible?! Had the vehicle back for two days, Won't start.
Check Engine light on. Traced to the WIN module; Ignition switch. At least this time they had the part. Yet mine isn't one of them!
Bought this vehicle used, everything was fine for about 2 weeks. Finally had to pull the fuse, put the fuse back in and everything was fine. The car alarm would go off intermittently, then the battery would die. Replaced battery with a brand new one.
Couple days later battery dead. Took it to the dodge dealer and paid for a computer update, which stopped the alarm from going off all the time. They also pulled up a code of B1A79 that has to do with antenna wireless remote ignition module.
But there were no recommendation for fixing it apparently. Unfortunately about once a week I have to jump it due to dead battery.
NHTSA — Electrical System: Battery Problems
Have hand fuses pulled from my horn for several years. Have had three new batteries in a month but if the car sits overnight it won't start and the battery is drained. Have had diagnostics run twice and nothing can be found faulty. Have not wanted to take it to the dealer but may be forced to as a highly recommended electrical shop cannot find the issue.
Car was bought new, 54K miles, have never been notified of any recalls.2010 Dodge Journey Electrical Issues
Called customer complaint,for assistance, but got nothing. A Supervisor is supposed to call to tell me if I could get a 3-day rental. Update from Jan 8, : Mechanic at local Dodge dealer installed a new horn assembly. Woo hoo!! Update from Jan 28, : Have had no further problems with my Journey.
I had problem with my Dodge Journey from the first couple of months I got it.I have had Dodge Journey RT 2. I would like to know what causes this. I have had the battery replaced, but no change. I suspect that the car tracker installed by the manufacturer might be the cause. I learnt that the manufacturer installs tracker on all vehicles to enable them to track vehicles should the transporting truck be lost or hijacked on its way to the Dealer.
I say this as just after I bought my car I got a call from a Tracker Company asking me if I would like to take over the tracker installed in my car. Though I did not take the offer, i still suspect that the tracker drains the battery. Last week I took my car to the Battery Center to have my battery tested and I was told that there is absolutely nothing wrong with the battery. Most likely a parasitic draw on the battery that drains it.
Here is an excellent how to video if you would like to find what the culprit is on your own:. Motor Age also has articles on this subject. Also, it is possible that it is not necessarily a system failure, but some system that is not being shut down.
I don't know how those are handled by the computer. What people are saying is that anything that keeps the computer awake will do it. The days of "When it's off it's off" are apparently past. I forgot to mention After a lot of experimenting, at home and at the dealership I get along very well with them; we're all good country boys :-we found that where I hung the keys by the door was too close to the car. It sensed the fobik and kept all of the electronics active waiting for a command of some sort instead of letting the electronics go to sleep.
I started keeping the keys in the bedroom, more than 15' away from the car, and have had no further issues concerning the dead battery syndrome According to the research done by the dealership, the Journey should be able to last weeks in "sleep mode" before the battery starts to go, but, when in standby, the count goes to a day, two days, maybe three depending on the base charge state of the battery at that time. When they are shipped from the factory, they are shipped in a "Transport Mode" that isolates the electronics from the battery and once the vehicle gets to the dealership, the shop turns off the transport mode to put the vehicle on the sales lot.
Some vehicles, they said, that were going to be on the lot for awhile are left in the transport mode until someone wants to test drive them at which time the electronics would be activated again. They showed me the process on the car and the instructions for activation and de-activation on their StarScan device. It requires the simultaneous pushing of several buttons on the dash, but, though I wrote the process down, I can't remember where I put them And just after a month,same thing happened,and i return my car again to the same service,unfortunately they said they cant find the draw,so just got my car back and brought it to denham vermillion.
Leaving my car for few days in service like i always do for further checking,finally they found out that draw is coming from my hands free system,wherein it's trying to connect to my phone automatically even if i dont pair it but i never use my handsfree or bluetooth;weird! This might sound incredibly simple but is the backseat power outlet being used? I know on mine it still charges even when the car isn't on. Other than that I'm not sure what else it could be unless like Zandy said, you are keeping the keys close to the car.
Thanks for the responses:. Anyways,never used my backseat outlet,so i dont turn it on,key is faraway from my garage. They told me they did further draw test, car is been there more than a week now and draw is intermittent as they say, I feel that service is really having a hard time.
Do you think its a hopeless case? All I had to do is perform a parasitic draw test and found the culprit. Now I have to find out him much it will cost to replace. Was that the problem? My plan is to run a toggle switch inside the dashboard to just flip it on and off rather than popping the hood and pulling the fuse.