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1999 Dodge Stratus Question: Engine will not turn over

 

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strobelight, 4 Cylinder, Whitney Point, NY, July 18, 2010, 11:04
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My son has a 1999 4 cylinder automatic Dodge Stratus. Two days ago he drove it home and parked it. The next day he went out to start it but nothing happened. He turns the key on to start and there is totally nothing,certain thing's work and certain things don't.The radio won't turn on,the flashers work but the signals don't,the headlights work,the fan works but the ac doesn't. The battery appears to be charged. All of the fuses are good, and changing the relays around did not help. replacing the ignition switch with a new one did not solve the problem either.

What is the next thing He should be looking for??

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    patrick mannion from Greg Solow's Engine Room, July 18, 2010, 11:10
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    It just never turns out to be cost effective to replace parts without testing them and proving they have failed. You need a voltmeter and check that the battery is 12.6 volts at rest if not charge and test he battery. Have you tried jump starting the car from another car to see if it will then turn over. After that check for voltage to the small wire at the starter when the ignition key is turned to the start position, if not apply battery voltage directly to the small wire at the starter and see if operates the starter. You need tests to see if the starter circuit is good, it could be as simple as a bad electrical connection.
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    strobelight, July 24, 2010, 12:20
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    My son cleaned both of the battery posts and the cable connections. He says that the battery is charged O.K. , but I do not know if he checked the actual voltage at the battery. Checking at the two studs, in the engine compartment (positive and negative terminals) he says that he has power there.

    When he turns the key to the start position, nothing happens with the starter. There is no click of the solenoid or anything at all.

    I will check out the site that you mentioned for the Manual

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    Visitor, September 11, 2010, 15:44

    My father had the same problem.......go under the hood to the fuse panel on the left and look for the fuse marked fuel and starter check it cause it is probably blown. If it is put another on in and try to start(use the same amperage) check the fuse after your done and I bet that it will blow the fuse then you will have your answer....it's probably your starter....if it was fuel it would still turn over. Hope it helps! BTW your starter is going to be really tricky to get at

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    strobelight, September 13, 2010, 09:10
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    The problem was solved a few days after the original submission. Yes the fuse was blown and replaced and blown again. Upon removal of the starter it was found to be "frozen". It could not be turned over even using a wrench.

    Replaced the starter and the engine now starts fine.

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