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Old 20 Dec 2013, 10:51 pm
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On my 2003 GT the electrical system cuts out. The battery is good. It starts OK, then when trying to drive all of the warning lights blink, the gauges jump back and forth and then it all goes dead. If I shake the battery back and forth the power will come back on. I cleaned the connections at the positive jumper cable connection. Could this be due to loose or dirty connections at the starter? Bad Solenoid? I looks like I might have to pull the radiator to get access to the starter. Suggestion?
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Old 21 Dec 2013, 07:58 am
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Trace th ground wires from the battery. I believe one goes down below the battery so you might have to lift it out. Known problems with corrosion to make sure every wire is clean and well tightened down.
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Old 21 Dec 2013, 09:01 am
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Have your battery checked as well.
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Old 21 Dec 2013, 09:17 am
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Trace th ground wires from the battery. I believe one goes down below the battery so you might have to lift it out. Known problems with corrosion to make sure every wire is clean and well tightened down.
I second that suggestion,and also check the positive connection inside the PDC(follow the 2nd positive cable you'll find it).......
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Old 22 Dec 2013, 09:34 pm
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Actually, the first things I did check and clean were the battery posts and the ground cable connection to the body. I too thought the battery might have a problem since when I shake it the system comes back to life. The last time power disappeared I put a meter on the batter and it showed 12+ volts. Is it still possible that there could be an internal problem with the battery?
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Old 24 Jan 2014, 05:48 pm
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I found that there are couplings in the positive cables between the battery and the starter. The connections on the starter/solenoid were good. Examining the cables revealed the couplings insulated by hard plastic. One end of the cable is secured by a set screw. I loosened the screw and removed the wire. The set screw pressed into the insulation on the wire, not the wire itself. I removed the insulation so that the set screw would press directly against the wire, cleaned the connections and put it back together. I repeated the process on the other cable, put it all together and the PT has be been perfect since. Sorry to be so late in posting this, I was away from home for awhile.
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Old 24 Jan 2014, 05:55 pm
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Thanks for coming back to us with the solution to your problem. It turns out more and more that the cables/connections and wires cause all kinds of problems especially when the cruiser gets on a few years.
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