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Car dosn't want to sart but starts with a jump...just replace the battery 5 times, thinking it was the batttery but after 5 new batteries, we think it's a bad connection somewhere? what else could it be and what shoudl we have checked??

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  • cool101miles Sep 10, 2008

    when i turn the key it just click i have had the starter tested and it is good i tried to give it a boost and it doesnt work

  • ismilealot Oct 10, 2008

    My husband and I just bought a 2006 500 last weekend. It didn't start 2x's on the lot but we were told it was due to it had been sitting there for a while. They cleaned off the battery cables and jump started it and it started right up but later that same day, didn't start again. They told us that it should charge fine on the 40 mile ride home, which, it did for a few days, however, I felt that it took too long when you turned the key for it to "catch" and start, but it started and ran fine. Then 4 days after buying it, I go to start it after work, wouldn't turn over, just clicked. Someone gave me a jump start and it kicked right over no problem. The dealer told us to bring it in and on our way there, the low battery came on, traction control light came on, ABS light came on and then once there, lost all power. They jump started the car, performed all diagnostic tests and no codes came up as abnormal, they are stumped as it isn't doing this for them. They tested the battery and it is fine. Not sure how this will play out, but, I am thinking alternator or bad connection somewhere. The car only has 16K miles on it! I am just praying they find the problem because we fell in love with this car. Would love to know any thoughts.

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You may have this fixed by now BUT.. Along with the tips already posted you may want to load test the starter. What can happen is that when warm it has an excessive amp draw due to insulator failure within. Also check the battery ground at the chassi/block end and posi at starter. It is possible that this is an already known issue that they aren't telling you about and they think they fixed. If they put another starter in you should know that it is not that uncommon for a starter off the shelf to fail rapidly, WITHIN 2 weeks -3 MONTHS, or sooner. This is why I personally have know problem with "junk" parts as they have already passed the test and can last as indefinetly as a Brand knew without the faiulkure rate of replacements. Seriously. The solenoid seems to be fine because you mention the clicking noise is present.

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Make sure the alternator belt is as tight as you can get it, when you jump the car the battery wont charge properly, when the lights and the heat are on the belt might cherp thats a good indication

Posted on Jan 10, 2009

Might want to have alternator tested

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