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Old 13 Jun 2017, 01:15 pm
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Hey there! So I got my 07 pt cruiser two weeks ago. Yesterday I went to work and it started up fine. I stopped for coffee and it didn't want to start up again. Finally cranked on the 3rd try. No clicking noise no nothing. All the dashboard lights did come on though. Today again it started up fine. Got to wrk and tried turning it off and starting it back up. Did that a couple times. Each start was rougher and rougher. Took it to autozone and had the battery tested. Said that "battery good needs charge." So I'm assuming alternator. But I have no warning lights on. Sometimes get a burning smell on startup too. Noticed a hum earlier today when I popped the hood while idling. Also, my coolant seems to be mud orange. Thinking it needs to be flushed out. Think it's leaking also but I don't see anything on the ground anywhere. Confused and need some help!! TIA!!!

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Old 13 Jun 2017, 01:34 pm
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I would suggest cleaning the battery cables and post what the battery voltage is when you have it running. Increase the rpm's to 2000 and tell us what the battery voltage is.
If your battery voltage is below 13.5 volts you need to find out why your battery charging system is not working properly.

Was there two different types of coolant put in the radiator? If so you need to flush it out before it clogs up the engine coolant system.

You need to do an engine coolant compression test to find out where the leak is and fix it. Your engine coolant system needs to be sealed or you will overheat the engine.
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Old 13 Jun 2017, 01:56 pm
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I've cleaned everything. The volts when shut off was at 12.0. I don't have a tool to test it so I'll have to go back to AutoZone I guess.
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Old 13 Jun 2017, 02:09 pm
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I've cleaned everything. The volts when shut off was at 12.0. I don't have a tool to test it so I'll have to go back to AutoZone I guess.
If you plan to keep working on your PT Cruiser I would suggest you buy a voltmeter. Voltmeters are pretty reasonable now.
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Old 14 Jun 2017, 07:45 am
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12 volts is too low. You need to get that battery load tested. You need at least 12.5 volts to crank and start your engine. I'll bet you have a dead cell in that one.
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Old 14 Jun 2017, 10:14 am
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If you plan to keep working on your PT Cruiser I would suggest you buy a voltmeter. Voltmeters are pretty reasonable now.
You can get these stinkers for free several times a year if you get on their mailing list and get their free coupons:

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I wouldn't rely on it down to 0.1V unless you know how to calibrate it against a reference, but it can certainly tell the difference between a good 13.8V battery and one with a dead cell at 12V.
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