Question about 2009 Chrysler PT Cruiser
Problems charging battery
Just saw this one....have your battery checked out. If battery is good, look to your starter as being the problem. The solenoids on the starters for these come loose for some reason, seen it twice now. I just changed my neighbors starter on his PT, I got a bad one right out of the box. Make sure and clean the ground cables very good upon reinstallation. Best way to get at it is from underneath, remove the black engine metal gusset to get at the starter. It's about 10" long or so and has about 4-5 large bolts.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
the most common cause of this by far is lights left on by defective switchs, these include the map lights in the visors, the glove box light due to a defective switch, the trunk light and the hood light if equipped, check it at night and look for a faint glow, the other much less common cause is the alternator has a defective diode and allows a small current to pass to ground drawing the battery down..
Posted on Dec 15, 2008
SOURCE: Wont start,until batter is fully
This sounds a lot like a bad alternator. Places like Auto Zone can do a load test on your charging system to determine if you have an issue. They do this test for free.
Posted on Jan 05, 2011
Either the battery is bad, or something is not turning off with the key. Pull the fuses and put them back in. When one of the fuses sparks a little that is what is draining the battery. DC voltage will make a small spark when it is under a load. The spark will tell you were to look to see what is not turning off.
Posted on Jan 10, 2011
Anything is possible, The correct (and easy) way to find out is to FULLY charge your battery. Check charging voltage at ~ 2000 rpm, you should have 13,8 to 14.8 volts at the battery, if not, investigate why not. (you would not get a high enough voltage reading with a discharded battery).
Try disconnecting the negative cable (car off first!!!!!! or kill diodes)at night and see if you can retain a charge. measure voltage on the battery at night and again in the morning, before hooking back up... any lower voltage is a bad mark against the battery. If battery retains a charge, test for voltage draws:hook a volt meter in series with the negative terinal, and the battery cable. more than .2 volts may be too much draw. Pull fuses and see if the issue stops. Most sommon issue is diodes in the alternator. One or more fail and cause battery drain.
Batterys that go totally dead, or have water level go lower than the plates often do not recover.
Posted on Feb 07, 2011
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