I have a 2000 Dodge Dakota and when I shut it off a few days ago I noticed that the electric cooling fan on the radiator was still running. It ran for about 15 minutes while I was hunting down tools to unhook the battery terminals so the battery wouldn’t drain.
I read online that it was the Radiator Fan Relay which I believe was just loose. I reconnected the battery and it was still running…I tapped on the relay and it shut off. The fan has not come back on since then.
However the battery in my truck barely had enough juice to start it yesterday, I put it on a battery charger and it was dead again today.
I bought the truck used a few years and the battery is the same one never been replaced. However I don’t know if they even had the correct size battery in the truck. What size is the correct one for my 2000 Dodge Dakota. The writing on the original is not readable.
I replaced the battery with another one that I had that is group size 37 with 600 CCA.
What size battery do I actually need and I am going to leave this battery in overnight to see if something else is possible draining my battery while it is turned off. But I don’;t know that that would be since the fan is no longer running when vehicle is shut off?