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Old 06 Dec 2016, 02:22 am
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Default 2005 pt cruiser won't start unless pushed.

My friend's 2005 pt cruiser won't start normally. Lights come on, battery works, but engine doesn't start unless we push the car up to about 5 miles an hour, then the car starts and runs just fine until the car is turned off. Not every time, just sometimes. Has anyone else experienced this issue?
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Old 06 Dec 2016, 07:50 am
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Only on cars with bad battery connections (grounds), bad starter relays or bad starters. Otherwise, no.
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Old 06 Dec 2016, 08:45 am
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I am suggesting you have a battery load test done with the battery in the PT Cruiser. Make sure the current amps that the battery holds is put into the battery load tester. Places like Pep Boys does it for free but the kids doing the testing sometimes let the tester default to 400 amps for 4 cylinders.
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Old 06 Dec 2016, 09:05 am
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I recently went to Advance Auto, when I thought my PT needed a new battery, but their tester said it is good. So then I went to O'Reilly as the battery is from them, just wanted to make sure the first test was accurate. O'Reilly's machine is able to test the battery, starter and alternator, all while just attached to the battery. All systems tested good. I'm going to add the battery insulator back on, now that it's turned colder here in Texas.

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What exactly do you experience when you turn the key?
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Default Re: 2005 pt cruiser won't start unless pushed.

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What exactly do you experience when you turn the key?
My thoughts exactly.


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