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Old 15 Nov 2017, 10:15 am
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2006 Cruiser...my mechanic has had it for 2 months and cannot figure out why it JUST won't crank. He's checked everything - coils, fuses, ignition etc, including trying a new computer and still no spark. At this point I can't afford to take it to a dealership or another mechanic. Is it worth it to try and sell as non-running because of electrical/ computer issues? And what would I even sell it for, amount-wise?? The engine, body, timing belt etc are all otherwise in perfect shape!
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 10:41 am
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Is it too late for us to give you some suggestions to get the Pt Cruiser running again?

Has the ignition switch been checked? Sometimes there is a pin inside that breaks.
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 11:12 am
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Hello Callie,
"No crank" is too broad. From your other statement "no spark", it sounds like the engine does turn but does not start (yes/no?). But when you say "no crank", that implies the engine is not even turning over which means the starter motor isn't doing its job.

Your mechanic ought to be able to at least tell you what is working i.e. the starter is good, the fuel pump is working, ignition current is getting to the spark plugs, the timing belt is intact and working. He ought to also be able to pull codes from the OBDII port if the computer is working.

If he can't figure this out, a $100 diagnostic from a dealership might be worth it, but if you can't even afford that, maybe you can offer it up for $500. Someone will jump on it and probably be able to figure it out and have a nice car for very little money if he/she is willing to work on it rather than have a mechanic work on it. For you, it might not be wort the trouble to spend between several hundred to a couple thousand dollars to have a second car that you won't be able to recoup your investment in as a resale car.

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Old 15 Nov 2017, 11:20 am
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If you can hear the fuel pump when you turn on the key that is a good sign that the computer is awake. There has got to be some codes in there to work with. This could be as simple as a bad ground that your mechanic hasn't thought of yet...
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Old 15 Nov 2017, 11:30 am
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2006 Cruiser...my mechanic has had it for 2 months and cannot figure out why it JUST won't crank. He's checked everything - coils, fuses, ignition etc, including trying a new computer and still no spark. At this point I can't afford to take it to a dealership or another mechanic. Is it worth it to try and sell as non-running because of electrical/ computer issues? And what would I even sell it for, amount-wise?? The engine, body, timing belt etc are all otherwise in perfect shape!
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What kind of "shop" has been working on it up to this point, what is their skill level?

Has the timing belt been replaced at sometime in the past?
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 09:58 pm
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Callie39 sorry to hear that
I on the orther hand I will not give up Not just yet
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Question Tho
Did you Mechanic change out your crankshaft sensor.?
or The camshaft Sensor.?
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Old 17 Nov 2017, 11:22 pm
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Newbie aboard HELLO..
Find a service shop that at least knows how to use a scanning tool , compression tester and digital volt ohm meter!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 03:32 am
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I was recently called by a lady about her Cruiser that would not start, I stopped by to see what had been done,
dealer said ECM-cam sensor-crank sensor,,, starting fluid in intake, it didn't have chipped key,, since it was to cold for me to stand there and check things,
I offered a used coil since it was out of sigh -out of mind.
Next morning he stood smiling at my front door with the cruiser idling on the street..
Keep trying... They probably thought I was pretty smart

I think it was luck
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 10:53 am
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Old 18 Nov 2017, 11:18 am
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I see you have one of those special tools as do I...



Is that a dealership only tool?
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