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2001 PT Cruiser turn key to start nothing, no power, lites etc... I jump start it and it starts right up. turn off and try to re start, nothing. jump started again fired right up, while running tested battery holding around 12.25,no drop in battery voltage. tested alternator under load w/ lites & heater on around 14.10 stays around the same when not under load. turned car off, will not start, no sound of any kind when trying to start everything completely dead, but fires right up with a jump start???

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Whats the battery voltage when you turn the key on or try to crank it? Have you checked to make sure the terminals are clean?

An almost dead battery will still read 12 volts until there is a load on it. Then you will see the voltage drop to almost nothing. Checking the battery voltage with the key on or with the headlights on will give you a better picture of the health of the battery. Since it starts and runs with a jump I would say a new batter is in your future.

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Common car for starter problems hit the starter with a hammer while someone trys to start it if this works it is ure starter, if not the stater and neutral safety switch needs tested

Posted on Oct 14, 2010

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