2007 Dodge Charger SRT8: Kickin' It
by Kurt Niebuhr, Photo Editor on January 27, 2016
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.
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.
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.
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