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My Magnum cranks and sounds solid but won't start. When I put the volt meter on the plug wire it reads 11.5 volts, any ideas where to go next

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This is within "normal ranges" however it is an indication of wear on your alternator. If you start seeing a slow but steady decrease in your voltage it is probably time to check out the charging status of the alternator on your vehicle.

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Generally the standard voltage should be 13.5 to 15.5 depending on the load that is being put on the vehicle and age of the battery an older battery may require more voltage to charge. Unless the voltage drops below 13 you are probably ok.

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SOURCE: i have a sebring 2004 v6 2.7 which is misfiring. put it a new coil and changed plug on cylinder that doesnt fire still no spark. im getting power all th way to the plug tested with volt reads

Invalid test. When plug fires, the wire shoots around 40,000volts. When not firing, there is no current in the wire.
Try switching the misfiring plug wire with another that is firing. Switch them both at the plug and at the coil tower. If that was a bad plug wire, the misfire will now be on the cylinder where you put the suspect wire. This will confirm a bad plugwire.
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Many starter problems are caused by week or discharged batteries, loose and corroded cables. Check the battery and the connections at the battery first when having starter problems.
NOTE: please take all safety measures to prevent any harm to you while doing any of these checks or performing any of the test.
PLEASE NOTE: CHECK TO SEE IF YOU HAVE TO HAVE ANY CODES BEFORE YOU DISCONNECT YOUR BATTERY.some cars have anti-theft built into the radios and require a code to re-power the radio after the battery connection is lost.
Check for proper starting voltage:
1.) If you have a volt meter connect a voltmeter to the starter in this manner;Black lead to the starter case; red lead to the [s] terminal, (smaller wire on solenoid), have a helper try to crank the engine over, note voltage reading.
No crank - or voltage less than 12 volts.1.) If the engine does not crank and the voltage is less than 12.0 volts.Check for a problem with the
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NOTE: The ground cable needs to be a solid connection to both the engine and the frame or body. Most cars will have a ground connection to the engine and from the engine to the frame or body they will have smaller braided wires.
No crank - and the voltage is more than 12 volts. If the engine does not crank and the voltage is more than 12.0 volts. Using your volt meter, put the red lead on the larger post of the starter (the one with the battery cable) The other black lead on the starter body for a ground connection. Have a helper try and crank the engine, check your voltage meter reading.
If the voltage is less than 12 volts. NEXT: Check the battery voltage at the battery during the Crank cycle.If the battery voltage drops below 9.0. volts Check the battery cable connections be sure they are clean and tight. You may have a bad battery, charge the battery for 30 minutes then recheck.
You can still check your starter problem with out a voltmeter, you can use and old school test light in the same manner as for the voltmeter, you just have to notice if the bulb gets dimmer or not light up.

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You are at thhe right trail what controls spark is coil pack crank sensor sparkplugs and plug wire but the most important is power . I mean 12 volt connections and ground This includes checking fuses you need a simple volt meter doesnt have to expensive or fancy just to pick up 12 volts let start with fuses in the engine juction box (there not mark to what it belongs to) make sure none are open. especially fuse 19 and 24 , next go to the crank sensor make sure the tabs are snuggly on now to the coil pack there is a red and light green wire this comes from ignition and feeds 12 volts at the coil pack measure that voltage is it 12 volts if not correct it this is from ignition switch ( you can make a tool that feed 12 volt with a wire and a fuse in series and attatch it to battery and the primary wire this is known as hot wire) next go to the ECM wiggle the wires see if that get a connection going if not go back to the ICM here are the wire you are to measure the tan light green, this is from ECM and it is pulsed it measure 5vlts to 0 volts switched then measure the tan orange the same thing 5 volts to zero,then tan white again 5vlts to zero. any one of these 5 to zero fails you fix is the ecm

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Your description sounds like a bad battery. Do you have a volt meter to watch the voltage as you turn the key to start? The voltage on a good battery( meaning fully charged) should stay about 11 volts while cranking, if it drops below that suspect a bad battery.

Another possibility is that the battery is good but the alternator is not charging.

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2. Check the starter for battery voltage by touching the red (positive) meter lead to the battery cable terminal on the back of the starter and the black (negative) lead to the chassis. The voltage reading should be approximately the same as the measurement at the battery. If the reading is lower than battery voltage, check for bad connections at the cables on the battery and the starter or ground cable.

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