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duespo
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Jul 21, 2019, 10:49 AM

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2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

2010 Dodge Journey
3.5L V6
105533 miles
BLUF: Vehicle drains overnight, can hear relay clicking, have a new battery, noted factory problems with this vehicle model


Purchased this vehicle 2 month ago. 1 previous owner with no problems/accidents listed in car fax. Realized the horn doesn't work. Just assumed the horn itself needed replacing.


Battery began draining to the point of dead within the first week.The alternator does charge the vehicle while running at roughly 14.1-14.3v. Started researching the Dodge Journey and found
a host of problems that Dodge refuses to recall. Also verified that this specific vehicle had no outstanding recalls. It does not.


Horn has been reported as activating and never shutting off. I expect the previous owner had this problem and had the horn disconnected which seems like the standard response to this problem.


The alarm system has also been reported as coming on draining the battery. However, the alarm is tied into the PCIM so one task will be to have the dealership electronically shut it off. That may have been why it worked for about a week. The car light had been left on and drained the battery which I think might have reset the alarm when the computer rebooted. I could be wrong. Either way, possible problems could be the key FOB activating it. I removed the FOB battery and it still happens. I have only seen the alarm be activated once among all the times the battery has drained. Standard lock and unlock resets it.


Possible other problems could be a circuit breaker in the car. It was noted that either the cluster or malfunction switch may be the cause. I tested draw on the M13 and received about a 3mv draw which is about a 89 mA draw. Next step would be to pull it and do another parasitic draw. If I get a go, it could be either cluster or MAL switch bad.


Other nuisances may be the glove box light not turning off. It is turning off. It was also mentioned that the back flashlight may be drawing due to having bad rechargeable batteries. I have just removed the flashlight but there is still a clicking.


This clicking is bad enough to where it drains faster than a battery charger can keep up. It will shut down the charger in a few minutes and I have to end up jumping it and letting the alternator charge it. However, the clicking does not always happen. If there is no clicking, the battery charger works fine and charges the battery. But the clicking is completely random.
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Any advice beyond that? Am I even on the right track? I have attached pictures of the engine compartment below, including the place I believe the clicking noise is coming from. Thank you to everyone for reading up on this, even if you can't help.




Overview
http://autoforums.carjunky.com/...ic/486pZEMI/1520.jpg




Possible Noise Location
http://autoforums.carjunky.com/...ic/486pZEMI/1519.jpg


(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 21, 2019, 11:36 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 21, 2019, 11:27 AM

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Re: 2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

? I'll get to this for finding "Parasitic Drain" but can see procedure here now:
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That's here up top.
Problems at the glance: It's too clean like it was harshly pressure washed - OMG no telling what could be harmed by that for looks? You said drains real fast - not hard to find but that quick to a "No Start" state that new battery will be junk if not already and can be the drain itself?
The other is the alarm. Need to know if a Dodge item, dealer installed new or what do you know about it. Aftermarket junk like that famous for problems.
You are hearing it. Not sure but a location is helpful. IDK - try using a plastic or wood listening rod at least hope to find which circuit(s) it's involved with.
Along with this is however you get this started if not charging up the battery with an adequate charger apparently not you said it can't keep up this is severe. It's burning up the alternator trying to charge up the battery if that low time and time again that too can fail or be the short.
Quite the list to check:
You just got it is any warranty on this thing? Hope so. That fast is just going to domino into assorted problems found and ones coming possible.


Just that detail of engine bay scares me big time too clean to just be wiped carefully clean probably a blast with a pressure washer and or worse with solvents too none of that likes being just wet let alone that,


Good luck, hope you have some recourse on that purchase,


Thttp://autoforums.carjunky.com/...THE_BATTERY_P186624/



(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 21, 2019, 11:40 AM)


Hammer Time
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Jul 21, 2019, 11:38 AM

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Re: 2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

I don't know what you did when you posted this to cause it to be so wide. I tried to correct the problem but I can't see what is causing it.

The text doesn't seem to be wrapping correctly.


edit, I found it. It was Tom's link



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(This post was edited by Hammer Time on Jul 21, 2019, 11:41 AM)


Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 21, 2019, 2:16 PM

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Re: 2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

Thanks HT, it was your locked post I didn't check if it showed + apparently NOT? IDK why I really did put it after the arrow. Take this out not a clue why it did that except it's so flipping hot here the cable in the street is probably on fire! Tom


Hammer Time
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Jul 21, 2019, 2:26 PM

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Re: 2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

No, the link was too long and pushed it off the page. I fixed it.



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Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 21, 2019, 2:50 PM

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Re: 2010 Dodge Journey Battery Draining Overnight Sign In

OK - just a test as it does that but shows up as a clickable link within this site or used to? Try again and take this stuff out so OP doesn't just run for the hills! T
Link > http://autoforums.carjunky.com/...THE_BATTERY_P186624/ <
See how that works?



Tom Greenleaf
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Jul 21, 2019, 2:53 PM

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That works in my view for now? IDK what the thing did and will check on those not allow any off the page, T






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