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Old 09-28-2012, 10:02 AM   #1
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Would you suspect something other than the battery?

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DW's van will start, run for a second or two, then die. If you hold the accelerator down, it continues to run. This only happens occasionally, most recently this morning. Trying to jump start it had the same thing happen. We put a charger on the battery for about 20 minutes and then it started and stayed running. Battery is ~1 week old.

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A couple weeks ago, we took a 7 hour trip for a wedding. No problem with the trip, but one time when leaving the hotel, we had to start the van 5 times (it would run for a second then die).
Last weekend, the battery was dead (van wouldn't turn over at all). We put the charger on for a couple hours and I took the battery to autozone, they tested it and it came up as "good" but "end of life". They replaced the battery under warranty.
No problems until this morning. DW had left the keys in the van and the van turned to 'acc' all night, so no surprise the battery would be worn down.

I wouldn't think it's the starter because the van DOES start. Maybe the alternator?
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Old 09-28-2012, 11:54 AM   #2
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Would you suspect something other than the battery?

Short version...
DW's van will start, run for a second or two, then die. If you hold the accelerator down, it continues to run. This only happens occasionally, most recently this morning. Trying to jump start it had the same thing happen. We put a charger on the battery for about 20 minutes and then it started and stayed running. Battery is ~1 week old.

Long version...
A couple weeks ago, we took a 7 hour trip for a wedding. No problem with the trip, but one time when leaving the hotel, we had to start the van 5 times (it would run for a second then die).
Last weekend, the battery was dead (van wouldn't turn over at all). We put the charger on for a couple hours and I took the battery to autozone, they tested it and it came up as "good" but "end of life". They replaced the battery under warranty.
No problems until this morning. DW had left the keys in the van and the van turned to 'acc' all night, so no surprise the battery would be worn down.

I wouldn't think it's the starter because the van DOES start. Maybe the alternator?
Could be the alternator.
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Old 09-28-2012, 12:15 PM   #3
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Sounds like the battery is not being charged correctly. Might be a bad alternator or a loose connection in the charging system. Autozone should be able to quickly tell you if the charging system is operating while the engine is running. A cheap voltmeter is a handy tool to keep around.
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