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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:22 pm
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I have an 05' pt crusier convertible, my battery went dead about two weeks ago, I jumped it and took it to an auto parts store to check the battery. Everything checked out OK batt. alt. Recently the car starting up is sluggish, but running great. When I turn it off it might have a dead batt, or not it is very inconsistant. I checked the volts, it at 12.5, started its at 13.6. When the car won't start its makes a clicking sound, dead battery sound, so I checked the volts and they are at 12.5 but the car continues to make the same clicking sound, of course when I jump it it starts right up, could there be a relay switch that Im missing, or a short??? Any help would be great??
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:27 pm
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it could be your starter, did you have that checked too? but idk there's so many electrical components in these new cars.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:30 pm
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You might have a bad connection with your cables. Check both the positive and negative connections on the battery itself and the main wire and all wires that are attached to the starter.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:31 pm
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Thank you for the welcome....Great looking PT. I'll get some of mine soon.
I'll look into the starter. Is there a test I can look into?
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:37 pm
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I have changed out the terminal connections today, wires up to that point look good, thought that would solve the problem but that clicking again. I'll follow the wire to the starter and see. Thanks for the help.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:39 pm
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You've done all the voltage tests and the numbers look good. It's just a matter of finding why your 12.5 volts aren't getting to the starter and it could be a bad connection. Even if the cable seem tight, take them off and give everything a good clean so all the voltage can be transfered from battery to starter and make sure everything at the starter is tight.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:47 pm
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If the starter was bad would you be able to start the car with a jump?
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 08:50 pm
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If it was completely bad, NO. Might have some bad spots or worn internals where the extra voltage from a jump could override that and turn it over. I'm not completely sure of that.
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 09:09 pm
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Thank you so much, is there a test to run to check to see if the starter is bad?
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Old 20 Feb 2011, 09:19 pm
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Not sure. See if this helps:

How do I Troubleshoot a 2006 PT Cruiser Not Starting? | eHow.com
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