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Old 11-20-2012, 10:55 PM
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Another Challenger dead battery story.

Hi everyone. After searching these threads I've decided to come to you for some help
My 2010 RTC sat idle for one week and the battery was dead. I didn't leave the key on and the interior lights were off. After jumping the battery for about 10 mns. It finally started. My volt meter reads 14.2-14.4 volts with the engine running.
I drive it to the dealer and they say that its cranking 730 amps, the battery is good and can find no problems.
I must have a parasitic drain somewhere.
Has anyone else experienced this after just a week of not driving their car?
Any thoughts?
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Old 11-20-2012, 11:58 PM
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Interested to here peoples thoughts on this. Has happened to me 3 times now - all within last 3 months each time after approx 24 hrs. I always make sure to power every thing down, radar,radio,lights etc.....same after a jump 14.2, 14.4. Plus the dealer is telling me that this is hard on the alternator too. {multiple jumps},is this true ?
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This is very interesting and disturbing to say the least.

As I am about to ship my car in a container from Miami to Japan which it'll be sitting off for about 6 weeks. From the posts above it sounds like I may be picking up my Challenger with a dead battery.

Are there any ways to avoid this? Would unplugging the battery for the time the car is sitting resolve this issue?

Would really like to know what is the cause of this particular dieing battery issue.


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The dead battery situation happend to me once not long after i bought my 2010 Challenger. Mine had sat for a couple of weeks (it's not a daily driver) in the garage, i go out one day and she was dead. I was told that it was becuase i left my doors locked which activated the security system, which in turn drained the battery dead. Where your doors locked Wildturkey1?? Might be something to that myth, i have left my doors unlocked ever since while sitting idle in the garage and i have not had another dead battery, been 1-1/2 years now since it happend. Hope that helps!!
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This is very interesting and disturbing to say the least.

As I am about to ship my car in a container from Miami to Japan which it'll be sitting off for about 6 weeks. From the posts above it sounds like I may be picking up my Challenger with a dead battery.

Are there any ways to avoid this? Would unplugging the battery for the time the car is sitting resolve this issue?

Would really like to know what is the cause of this particular dieing battery issue.


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Drain happens regardless. Though the OP's is more extreme then normal. Regardless of his problem you should definitely have the battery disconnected during shipping.

Unfortunately, I cant help the OP I haven't left mine along for more then a day. I'd have to believe there's credence in OrangeR/T's post though. Seems logical.
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One thing you can try is pulling #1 cartridge (rear power module - by battery)

its the 60A yellow one - this is the ignition off draw.

Then see if the next time you try to start if it works (of course, re-install that fuse).

The cars are shipped with the IOD fuse out from the plant and then installed during the PDI at the dealer.

Mine car sit for a week at a time, and starts w/o any issues - my battery is 3 1/2 years old at this point (original replaced under RRT campaign for battery/negative cables in '09)
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Originally Posted by DustGrazer View Post
Drain happens regardless. Though the OP's is more extreme then normal. Regardless of his problem you should definitely have the battery disconnected during shipping.

Unfortunately, I cant help the OP I haven't left mine along for more then a day. I'd have to believe there's credence in OrangeR/T's post though. Seems logical.

Yeah... I made sure to tell my freight forwarder to disconnect the battery because
I imported a 300C earlier this year but the battery was connected...Luckily there
was no problem there. She fired right up!

Actually from my understanding it is regulation for vehicles shipping in containers
to have the battery disconnected.

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Drain happens regardless. Though the OP's is more extreme then normal. Regardless of his problem you should definitely have the battery disconnected during shipping.

Unfortunately, I cant help the OP I haven't left mine along for more then a day. I'd have to believe there's credence in OrangeR/T's post though. Seems logical.
Might be a good idea to stow a set of jumper cables in the trunk just in case. Love to hear about the reaction to that car in Japan. Best of luck!
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One thing you can try is pulling #1 cartridge (rear power module - by battery)

its the 60A yellow one - this is the ignition off draw.

Then see if the next time you try to start if it works (of course, re-install that fuse).

The cars are shipped with the IOD fuse out from the plant and then installed during the PDI at the dealer.

Mine car sit for a week at a time, and starts w/o any issues - my battery is 3 1/2 years old at this point (original replaced under RRT campaign for battery/negative cables in '09)

Are you saying that every time you let your car sit for a week, you remove the 60A fuse?

If so, that's another trick to put in the book.
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Might be a good idea to stow a set of jumper cables in the trunk just in case. Love to hear about the reaction to that car in Japan. Best of luck!
Yeah I was planning on bringing a set with me but thanks for the reminder.
It's the simple/basic things that we tend to forget.

As for the reaction, I'm sure it will be similar to my 300C Mate Black on Mate Black 24"z
Jaw droppin / Neck Breakin / Photo-Video takin reaction.... LOL

Can't wait to get my Challenger! Will be a beast on the road here!
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