Kickin' It - 2007 Dodge Charger SRT8 Long-Term Road Test

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2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Kickin' It

by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on January 27, 2016

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

Oh, I knew that sound. That too-slow crank, then that click. Damn.

So the battery in our Dodge Charger SRT8 is dead. But before I go and call for roadside assistance, I figured I'd have a look around. But when I couldn't find an obvious culprit inside the car, I popped the hood to have a look at the battery.

Err, make that the trunk. Every idiot knows the Charger SRT8's battery is in the trunk, right? Guys?

But once I saw the battery and found no signs of corrosion or a loose connection, I knew I had to call for backup. I hate calling for backup.

A man with a truck full of batteries was parked alongside our dead Dodge within 25 minutes. Fifteen minutes after that, I was back on the road. But in the in-between, he did a few things more than just replace the battery.

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

After he gave the battery a once-over and found no obvious faults, he hooked up that little green thing (sorry, I'm a technical guy) and ran a few diagnostics tests. The first one showed the battery was well down on cold cranking amps (CCA) and was the likely culprit in the no-start issue.

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

With a very lazy jumpstart, he was able to test the starter and the charging system. Thankfully, both came back A-OK. I'd never seen this test before nor am I touting its effectiveness, but it was nice to see the little printouts. Hey, I like visuals.

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

2007 Dodge Charger SRT8

After some wrangling, the pristine but dead Exide battery was replaced. The bill, just as hefty as the battery, came to $211.30. Paying the 50 bucks for labor stings, but I was paying for convenience and time. The price of driving a car, I guess.

Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor

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