Help! I have a dodge intrepid se 1998, a fan sound maybe draining my battery.

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Old 01-10-08, 07:57 AM
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Help! I have a dodge intrepid se 1998, a fan sound maybe draining my battery.

I purchased the car three weeks ago as is, no warranty. When I turn the key off, the car is quiet, but when I get back in the car at a later time I hear a sound like a small fan is running, in the middle above the radio. The battery today was complete dead. I believe that this fan sound that Iím hearing is draining my battery.
Also is it ok to charge the battery from the jump connections? The battery is at the bottom and difficult to get at.
 
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Old 01-10-08, 03:14 PM
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Strange place to be hearing something like a fan running. No chance it's coming from under the hood? Some vehicle cooling fans will run for a while even with the key off if they are warm enough at shutdown.

Yes, you can charge from the remote battery post.

When you get it charged back and it's making the sound again you might try removing fuses one at a time until the noise quits; that'll give you a starting point.
 
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Blower motor fan for the heat-a/c?

If you turn your car key to just "accessory" to cut down on other noises, and then put your blower fan to low speed, is that the sound you are hearing?
 
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HI
My wife has a 98 Intrepid
The blower resistor is a big problem with them
But that does not explain your problem unless someone tried messing with the wireing.
I would start with what the tow guy said and get back to us

I put a link below for a manual for you to download if you want.

http://www.dodgeintrepid.net/forums/...splay.php?f=18

The above is a link to a service manual for Intrepids
It is the 3rd link down titled
"2nd Gen FSM factory service manual"
It has electrical schematics in there somewhere. I think it is called wireing.
 
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Thanks every one

I pulled out the fuses one by one and was about half way through them and thought to roll down the window. In doing this I found out that the noise stops after about five or so minutes and checked it with the window down (not opening the door) and the sound was gone, until I opened the door again. So I guess I will have to keep an eye on this for awhile.
Networking is great! Thank you all for the tips and advice. I down loaded the manual for reference. This will save a lot of work charging from the remote battery post, Is there some way I can use a volt meter to check how much juice is in the battery? When I check it just reads out 12V.
 
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Old 01-11-08, 01:59 PM
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Just meter between the remote battery stud and ground or am I misunderstanding your question. fully charged should read 12.5-13.0 volts or so. If only getting 12v it's not fully charged.

Your description of the noise makes for a real head scratcher; can't wait to hear someone figure it out.

The Intrepid doesn't have any kind of driver-position-memory, does it; the kind that auto adjusts everything when you get in and/or will raise the steering wheel tilt when you shut it off & get out and lower it when you get in? Towed plenty of Intrepids, but didn't think they had that option in them. Just did a Lincoln this a.m. with that which is what made me think of it.
 
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You raise good questions. One might ask if he can think of any auxillary equipment that his car has (bells and whistles) that many cars do not.
 
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Old 01-11-08, 02:28 PM
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Well, opening the door appears to have triggered something. What it is would be anybody's guess. In securing the Lincoln for towing this a.m. somewhere in the process the steering wheel did its "down to drive-up to park" routine which is what got me thinking. Also sometimes the air ride suspension pumps on those do weird things, but the Intrepid surely doesn't have air-ride.
 
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