I have a 1997 dodge 1500. The motor runs fine, but a couple of things have been happening lately that have me concerned. The first thing I am going to do is clean my batery connections and possibly get a new battery. I hate to replace it due to the cost but I’ve had this battery for three to four years and it might be time. I’m also considering getting new connectors for the battery cables.
My first concern is what happened to me coming to work today. I was driving along and a red GEN light came on. I noticed that my battery gauge on the dash was much higher than it usually reads. Normally I would think that if a Gen light would come on then the gauge would show less voltage, but I don’t know. Is this a sign that my alternator is going out?
Next problem. This happens rarely, but I need to get to the bottom of this so I won’t be stranded one day. I put my key in the ignition, turn it and nothing happens. I hear a rapid clicking or just a click from under the hood. I turn off the ignition, try it again and it works. On one of the times I could not get the engine to turn over I disconnected the batery and cleaned the connections. Put them back on and all was well. This was probably about six months ago, and I’ve had this problem happen recently. So I’m wondering if it is my ignition switch. I’ve replaced this in the past around the same time I got the current battery that’s in the truck.
Once or twice my starter would not shut off even when I turned the engine off and took the key out. One of the times it finally shut itself off, another time I had to get under the truck and tap the starter for it to get unstuck, so to speak. Yet this happened only a few times and I haven’t had this problem in about six months to a year. I’m just now remembering this and thought it is worth mentioning.
So any help would be great. Is all I need just a new battery or is there more that should be done?