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Q: dodge ram has trouble cranking g over dead battery in morning

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Dodge truck has troble starting bad cranking dead battery in morning fine when jumped

My car has 66 miles.
My car has an automatic transmission.

A: Your issues are revolving around your batte...

Your issues are revolving around your battery. It may be bad in the sense of not holding a charge. Or your alternator could be bad and not actually charging the battery. Although, assuming this only happens when it sits for a long period of time, you may have a drain on the battery. Also known as a parasitic draw, this can come from almost anything electrical. If you suspect this is the case, you should start by checking the most obvious causes. These include interior lights, exterior lights, radios, security systems, anything aftermarket that has been added to the vehicle, and anything that has been damaged recently. You can trace tricky parasitic draws using a voltmeter. These can be frustrating, and you may want to seek assistance from a technician if you hit a point of frustration. If you would like, a certified technician from YourMechanic can come to your home or place of business and perform an diagnosis of your vehicles inability to start issue and make repairs.

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