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Old 18 Oct 2012, 03:31 am
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I bought my 2002 PT Limited a week ago from a private seller. Runs great but the last couple of days, it has started acting funny when I go to start it. I put the key in and the dash lights up but when I turn, nothing happens and all the dash lights go off. Tried shifting into neutral and back to park and everthing engaged and it starts fine but the clock reset as if the battery had become disconnected. Now every once in a while this repeats but other times it starts just fine. Tonight, it happened again but moving the shifter isn't working this time and I'm getting nothing?? No dash lights, won't even try to start. Please help.
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 03:38 am
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I bought my 2002 PT Limited a week ago from a private seller. Runs great but the last couple of days, it has started acting funny when I go to start it. I put the key in and the dash lights up but when I turn, nothing happens and all the dash lights go off. Tried shifting into neutral and back to park and everthing engaged and it starts fine but the clock reset as if the battery had become disconnected. Now every once in a while this repeats but other times it starts just fine. Tonight, it happened again but moving the shifter isn't working this time and I'm getting nothing?? No dash lights, won't even try to start. Please help.
Start by checking the battery cables or maybe your battery is bad!
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 05:56 am
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Start by checking the battery cables or maybe your battery is bad!
Also could have a intermittent charging from worn brushes in the alternator. But do the above and a charge first.
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Old 18 Oct 2012, 10:07 am
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So here's the update. Tried to jump the cruiser and it started. Battery light came on but it ran for about 15 minutes then died. Tried to jump it again and it would turn over but as soon as I tried to disconnect the jumper cables, the engine died. Waited a bit with the cables in place with the booster car running and tried one more time to start it and it started. After letting it run for about 5 minutes, I disconnected the cables and it stayed running. This time the battery light was not on and it ran for about 20 minutes until I turned it off. It almost seems like there is a loose wire or connection somewhere in the car, hence the dash lights flickering on/off when I jiggled the shifter before.
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Get a new battery. Check the condition of the wires, look for corrosion on both ends of both cables.
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Get a new battery. Check the condition of the wires, look for corrosion on both ends of both cables.
At least have the battery load tested. But they're is some other issues as well or it would run off the alternator after a boost. Connections and such. The ignition wires in the column can also cause the fiicker. Rule out everything under the hood first.
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