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Chrysler Sebring - acting strange

Recently, my chrysler sebring has been acting up. Randomly, it will do this in the following order at any time (idling, cruising at 50mph, stopping to turn, accelerating): I notice a belt squeaking under my hood (passenger side), my gauges all fall flat (go to zero), the dash lights (headlights were on) surge or get very bright for about 2-3 seconds, then things pop back to normal and my stereo trips out for long enough for me to reach for it and it cuts back on. I have driven my car a total of about an hour (50 miles) and it has happen 4 times. My father is trying to figure out what is wrong with it, and he says that it isn't the alternator, and he thinks it may be the computer, but doesn't want to put $400 into one if it won't solve the problem. PLEASE HELP ME!! Thank you :-) I have a 1996 Chrysler Sebring Convertible, 2.5L that I bought last year. After putting a grand into it, and rarely driving it, I had to replace the battery. It drove fine for a while after that, but now that I've been driving it more I'm having problems starting it. Tonight, it completely died. Just prior to it going "black," the battery or "charging system" light came on. It still drove fine, but the radio would go out, then come back on for the last 10 min. of driving home. The lights did not dim. The car won't start now. No grinding, no noise at all. Total blackness. I checked the security "chip" to make sure it was all the way in (the car won't start without it). 4 days ago a valet parking attendant said he couldn't get my car started, he took the chip out and put it back in and it started and ran just fine. Had the alternator checked a couple of months ago and it was ok. Is it a power drain or damaged crank sensor?

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  • lallaw May 29, 2009

    Thanks much and will do! Thanks and will do. The weird thing is the indicator light that
    surrounds the ignition switch (where I put the key in) is flashing a
    green light and ticking very loudly...like an old wind up clock. It's
    been doing that all night. Also, the security system is still arming.
    The flashing light and ticking sound only occurs if the key entry is in
    the "lock" position (with or without the key). Does anybody know if
    there is a kill switch on the column and if so, how the heck do I
    override it?



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If you still have this vehicle, this car has a intermittent connection problem in the harness, or at the connections going into the firewall, the reason you're light go up and down is that it is making connection and dropping it, this will be a hard one to repair, as the TECH has to isolate the particular wire that is arcing itself on and off , if this vehicle is not had any collision problems this will help isolating it, the problem with electrical problems is that the repairman is on actual time, he punches on the time clock till repaired, if the reapir is situated to a particular part you may bring CHRYSLER IN TO IT AND THEY MAY PAY SOME OF THE CHARGES, ESP IF THERREIS A SERVICE BULLETIN ON IT, THAT'S ALL I KNOW SORRY, I AM A RETIRED MASTER ASE MECH, THIS IS WHAT I WOULD DO

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I would rule out the crank sensor.

i would doulbe check the alternator or the regulation device of the alternator. to me it looks like the regulator dos not regulate any more. if that happens, the battery takes over regulation and bruns out doing that.

so my advice is to duble, tripple, qadruple check the alternator and regulator, replace the regulator anyway. does not cost too much if not fixed integrated in the alternator. then get a new battery. then everything should be fine.

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Could be a few things with the charging system, and I'd bet on these before I thought about a computer. Check to see if the belt is tight, because it is squealing, and if it's loose, it won't spin the alternator fast enough (or at all) to charge the system. It doesn't take a whole lot of time and $$ to take the alternator off, take it to an automotive place and have them test it to make sure it is charging. Check the connections on the back of the alternator as well as the battery to make sure everything is clean and in good contact. Those are the most cost-effective things to do, and any mechanic would be checking the same things. Just remember to start with the simple things first and move forward from there. Good Luck!

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