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Old 08 Jan 2014, 11:07 pm
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Default Wont start, Cold outside, Been here before...

ok... soooooo... Im back to an issue that I have had a long time ago. Yea.. the "Arctic Vortex" made it down here to New Orleans and it seems my wife's 2002 PT Cruiser Dream / Nightmare Edition did not like it too much. She got in the car to go to the gas station and everything was fine. She pumped her gas and then got back in and... click.... nothing.

We had this problem when we first purchased the car but it was warm back then. I got under the hood and stared down the 2 inch gap and saw the starter. I checked the battery and its putting off 12.32v, plenty to start the car, I checked the wires and low and behold the top wire is loose... now I would normally think that just tightening this wire up would fix the problem... nope. It feels like the bolt going in the solenoid is loose. That being said I also noticed that on the back of the solenoid there are two screws. Is is ok for me to take the screws out and remove the solenoid so I can get a better angle to tighten the nuts on the bolt. I really feel this is the only problem but I dont want to go through the 2 hours of hell to get the starter off to just tighten a nut.

Thanks ahead of time PT Gods!

Wilson
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Old 09 Jan 2014, 01:01 am
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So HEY!!!! the PT Gods must be smiling on this cruiser.... I found out that there was a nut under the wires. I took off all the wires and tightened the nut and reconnected the wires. Now you might think THAT was the solution but alas it did not work.

I remembered that while searching the forum earlier I saw someone post this about bad wires:

"I just got stuck yesterday with a no turn over symptom.
Nice guy jumped me and still nothing to the starter solenoid.
I finally got it started by taking one jumper and putting on the posetive battery terminal and the other end directly onto the solenoid.
Started right up, proving that the crappy battery cable was at fault.
A quick and acceptable fix is to supplement that cable from the battery clamp tightening lug directly to the starter with a generic red ring lugged cable about 8inches long.
I've done this on both 01 PT's we drive."

The user name was Arne.

Well... I just thought to myself It could not be this simple. Well... it was... I hooked a single wire of some jumper cables to the positive of the battery. POOF! Car started right up. Once I let the car warm up I turned it off and it started on its own with no cables. So... PT battery cables dont like cold.

I plan on doing the supplement cable or just change out the cable in general. Opinions on which?
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