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post #1 of 27 (permalink) Old 01-28-2015, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Dodge Nitro :Battery issues?

I have been having some issues while driving the headlights flicker/dim and the radio will turn off sometimes if I say roll down 2 windows at once. I just went to auto zone and they said my alternator was fine on the test and that my battery said good but only charged to 45%

Is it most likely my battery causing these issues? Thank you
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I have been having some issues while driving the headlights flicker/dim and the radio will turn off sometimes if I say roll down 2 windows at once. I just went to auto zone and they said my alternator was fine on the test and that my battery said good but only charged to 45%

Is it most likely my battery causing these issues? Thank you
If your battery is more than 3 years old it is a safe bet that you should start with a new battery. How about battery terminals? Are they clean? Why would a battery only be 45% charged?

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How to Jump-Start a Car Battery Video




How to Jump-Start a Car Battery Video

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How to Clean Battery Corrosion: 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro

How to Clean Battery Corrosion: 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro



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If the battery in your 2010 Dodge Nitro has crusty white or green build-up and corrosion on the clamps, posts or terminals, you can improve the performance and lifespan of your battery significantly by cleaning it. Your battery is depleted when it is used to start the car, but then recharged when you drive your Nitro, the corrosion limits the ability for your Nitro to recharge the battery when driving. The video above will show you the correct order to safely remove the battery clamps in your Nitro and what to use to clean your battery terminals and clamps. We will also show you a tip for preventing this buildup in the future so the battery in your Nitro will be optimally charged whenever you drive it!

Car batteries contain dangerous and flammable fluids. Always use safety glasses and gloves whenever working with the battery. Check out our parts page for great deals and coupons on safety glasses, gloves and battery terminal brushes for your Nitro!

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How to Jumpstart a 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro

How to Jumpstart a 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro



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This video shows you how to jump start a dead battery in your 2010 Dodge Nitro. If you get into your Nitro, turn the key, and your car doesn't start (you may hear nothing or a clicking sound from the engine bay), you have a dead battery and need a jump-start. Check to see if you left your headlights or an interior light on and turn the switch off. Assuming that you have a pair of jumper cables, a pair of safety glasses and a friend to give you a jumpstart, the video above will show you where to connect the cables (and in what order!) for your Nitro. Once you are finished reviving a dead car battery in your Nitro, make sure you drive it for at least 5 minutes before turning it off so your battery isn't dead the next time.

So what's up with the safety glasses? There is a small possibility of a battery exploding during the charging process if you don't connect the cables properly (causing a spark) and there is a bunch of hydrogen gas around the battery (car batteries emit hydrogen gas when they discharge) - this is much more of an issue with cars that haven't been driven for a long time than if you drive your Nitro regularly and simply forgot to turn your lights off.

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Battery Replacement: 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro

Battery Replacement: 2007-2011 Dodge Nitro



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The video above shows you how to replace the battery in your 2010 Dodge Nitro. 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 Nitro that you need to replace.

Replacing the battery in your Nitro involves removing the terminals. When you reconnect the terminals, your radio presets are likely to be cleared out. In some Nitros, 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.


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I need help. I gave someone a jump and and then my car would start but then die, now it won't do anything. The battery is fine and my faub still works. Is this a security issue and how do I fix?
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My MOPAR Battery Experience

My MOPAR Battery Experience

10/11/2015

Back in June 2012 after over 4 years of use I decided to replace my original equipment battery in my Nitro. Nothing was really wrong but I knew it was time.

I told my Dealership Service Advisor to install the best battery they had, for a replacement. They installed a MOPAR 72 Series part # BB034600AA (600CCA) battery at a cost of $159.95.

Fast forward to October 2015


I went out to start my very low mileage Nitro that had been parked in the garage, and to my surprise it did not start but made a strange short clicking noise before going completely dead. My first reaction was that it was a very costly to replace TIPM (Totally Integrated Power Module) Issue, since I had not had any battery issues.

I got out my battery charge and indeed the battery was completely dead so maybe it just needed to be recharged. The next day the battery did show it had been charged, but not fully? The Nitro again would not start and went completely dead again, so I left the charge on for another day.

Same issue again, so I used my Wife’s vehicle and a set of jumper cables inside the garage and to my delight my Nitro started! I then was more that sure that my new 3 year plus MOPAR battery was defective.

I have replaced numerous failed batteries over the years and nearly all went bad in the summer or fall, NOT in the winter.

I kept the vehicle running for several hours backing the vehicle outside the garage and faced it toward the street in case it would require a tow or another jump, before turning it off.

I decided to take it to my Dealership since no matter what was wrong it had to be repaired anyway and when I attempted to start it just barely started.
I drove it to the Dealership and explained that I was 99% sure it had a bad battery under warranty and left it running and told them if they shut it off it would not start! I asked and explained that if it was going to cost me more than the cost of a new battery, to diagnostic to just install a new one.

The Service Advisor looked it up and said if the battery was bad the pro-rate would be $80 to replace. She explained that if the battery was not defective there would be a labor charge so I said O.K. I left the vehicle overnight since I was told they cannot check a battery if driven in for around 45 minutes.

She called the next morning and left a message stating I was right that the battery was indeed bad and that the charges were $80.00 for a total of $120.00 including labor!

I called her back and said “what was the deal with any labor charge”? Her response was it was figured by the Chrysler Warranty Employee. I told her to recheck that, but when I went to pick up the Nitro the amount was the same. She explained that they had run this claim again and that Chrysler would not pay the labor.

In a calm voice I told her that no one in town would have charged me $160 in the first place for a battery and that Auto Zone would have checked my battery for free, charged it for free if needed, and installed a new or replacement battery for no labor charges! Do you really want to lose a long time customer for $40? The charge was removed.

CONCLUSION


I purchased a 72 month MOPAR battery that lasted about what is expected just over 3 years. The extra expense must be to cover the prorate warranty expense. I would have save I suspect If I had just purchased a 36 month battery originally and then another in three years (before it went bad) as others have suggested and forget about a long-term prorated battery.

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Mopar Replacement Battery Limited Warranty

Mopar® and Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Replacement Battery Limited Warranty

10/11/2015

Batteries found to be defective in materials or workmanship will be replaced at no charge for the part specified free replacement period from the date of purchase, as noted below.

Batteries installed on an FCA US LLC vehicle covered by the New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty,which are found to be defective, are warranted for the remainder of the New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty, or within the free replacement period, whichever is more favorable to the customer.

If the vehicle is equipped with a prorated warranty battery (not all batteries include a prorated warranty, see the top of the battery for warranty details), the owner may receive a prorated allowance toward the purchase of a new Mopar or Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar replacement battery.

If the vehicle is not equipped with a prorated warranty battery, is no longer covered by the NewVehicle Basic Limited Warranty, and the free replacement period for the Mopar® and Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar Battery Warranty has expired, the owner may receive a prorated allowance toward the purchase of a new Mopar or Magneti Marelli Offered by Mopar replacement battery.

This warranty is given only to the original retail purchaser, and this warranty is thus non-transferable. The prorated amount will be computed by dividing the number of months since the date the battery was purchased or installed as original equipment (as shown by the date on the customer repair order or parts counter ticket) by the number of months of proration shown on the battery and multiplied by the purchase price of the battery. A battery that fails under the New Vehicle Basic Limited Warranty will be replaced with a Mopar battery of equal or next highest amp-hour rating.

What Is Not Covered:
Batteries that are discharged are not considered defective.


The MOPAR warranty will replace at no charge the MOPAR 60 & 72 Series at no charge for the first 18 months if found defective, and after that they are prorated. I suspect that this is what you will find with most replacement aftermarket batteries. However I doubt that most parts stores would charge you labor to install it as Chrysler will. Hope this may be of some help if you too find your Nitro in need of a replacement battery.

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"I assume the battery is good because all the lights come on still. "

99% chance that the battery is not "good"

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