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1999 Chrysler Sebring JX 2dr Convertible

1999 Chrysler Sebring
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Front Wheel Drive, 2 Door Convertible JX, Compact
19 mpg city / 27 mpg hwy
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November 14, 2012, 3:27 pm

Joseph R
 

Question: Battery or the Alternator?

I bought a 1999 Chrysler Sebring JXi convertible from a guy in Belfast. The car has been sitting for a month and had to be jumped to get started. He said that the battery needed to charge after it was drained from sitting (the battery was new). I drove it home (a 5 hour drive) and turned it off. When I went to start it again, it wouldn't start. I e-mailed the guy and said I had to let the battery charge. I'm not sure if its the alternator or the battery. What's going on with my car? Also, this car was inspected by a Chrysler mechanic and was deemed mechanically sound before it was sitting for a month.


November 16, 2012, 8:51 am

Richard W
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The battery is no good. I would replace it. When a battery goes dead for a month it can go bad even if it's new. Also if you drove for 5hours home that should hae charged the battery. Also the alternator works. If it did not you would have never been able to drive that many hour. One thing it could be also is a short in the vehicle. When you replace the battery have them check for a short.


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