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1999 Dodge Ram 1500 Sport able to drive for about 3-4 miles then gauges start to drop and when I come to a complete stop it dies. when restarted and start to get speed it does not want to change gears, I guess you can say it idles?? but has no power.

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Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines Dear P.rodi, Without looking at the vehicle it would be hard to diagnose. You can see the vehicle become sluggish and the gauges will go out when there is a problem with the alternator. What happens is that the vehicle is completely relying on the battery instead of the alternator. Since the job of the battery is only to start the it, this causes a lot of things to die quickly without alternator power. The strange thing is that it seems like you are able to start it back up. I would have the electrical system checked only because of the issues you're having with the gauges. I will tell you that I drove 75 miles on battery power alone in a car that had an alternator problem and got myself home. Pretty soon however, the car will die and you won't even be able to jump it. At this point you will probably need a new battery and an alternator. Lori Johnson

Suzanne Grego, Technician at City of Philadelphia Fleet Management P.rodi, I suggest you bring your vehicle to a qualified technician to have it properly diagnosed. Ask Patty has a list of trustworthy shops if you are having trouble finding a good technician. Suzanne

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