How To Test A BAD Alternator (Chrysler 2.0L, 2.4L)

Symptoms Of A Bad Alternator

The most common symptoms of a bad alternator are:

  1. 1

    The Charge Light (also known as the Battery Light) is On and letting you know that, yes- there is a problem.

  2. 2

    Driving at night, you notice that the headlights glow very very dim.

  3. 3

    The car won't crank on its own, you have to get someone to jump start your Neon (Stratus, Caravan, Voyager, Breeze, etc.). Once the jump start cables are removed, the car or mini-van stays running only for a few minutes and stalls, needing another jump start.

  4. 4

    You have to constantly charge the battery or get jump starts after which the vehicle only runs for a few minutes and stalls.

Related Test Articles

I've written several more tutorials that may be of interest to you. These are specific 2.0L (SOHC, DOHC), 2.4L (DOHC) Neon, Stratus, Breeze, Caravan, Voyager, basically all Chrysler vehicles that use these two engines at: Chrysler 2.0L, 2.4L Index Of Articles.

Here's a small sample of the tutorials you'll find in the index:

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