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I have a 2001 PT Cruiser with intermittent starting problems

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I have a 2001 PT Cruiser with intermittent starting problems
Submitted: 4 months ago.
Category: Chrysler
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

Hi Welcome to Just Answer! What is your car doing when t doesn't start?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I finally got on the right page!!!! At times, not always, it acts as if the battery was dead.... clicking. If I shut it off and wait 5 seconds, it often starts with no problem. Sometimes it takes 2,3,or more attempts to start.What am I missing?
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

Is it just a single click when you go to start or multiple?

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Multiple clicks. And alll the "idiot" lights flash with the clicking
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

multiple clicks is usually caused by low battery voltage to the starter you may want to check the cable connections especially the where the ground cable connects to the engine block

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Do you have a diagram where that is?
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

no i don't have a good picture of it but it is on one one the bolts from the transmission to the engine by the starter

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
OK, I'll take a look. It will be tomorrow, as we're in the middle of a snowstorm here.I thought it might be a grounding issue, but I couldn't effectively trace the grounding cable. So you're telling me that the battery cable terminates on a bolt by the transmission, near the starter? Is it more visible from the top or the bottom
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

you will be able to see it from the top just follow the negative cable down to the bolt. you may need to take the battery and tray out to get to it because of the lack of room in the engine compartment. Let me know if you need any more help with it.

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I certainly will. One last question - what else could it be if it's not that?
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

Could be an internal issue in one of the cables that is causing high resistance

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Battery Cables?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
since the positive cable has that 90 degree bend, and is now 16 years old, could that be the issue?
Customer: replied 4 months ago.
Are you there?
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

Yes im on here now and yes the positive cable could be your issue

Customer: replied 4 months ago.
I changed the positive terminal, as the other one looked pretty chewed up. As you know, it's a flimsy terminal, so I cut it out and replaced it with a brass one. So far, six starts in sub freezing weather, there's been flawless starting. I'll know in a day or so if it's truly repaired. Thanks for the tips, though! By Wednesday, I'll either pay my tab or get back to you with more symptoms. I'm hoping to pay on Wednesday though! :)
Expert:  b5demon replied 4 months ago.

great that is goods news keep me posted and let me know if you need any more help.

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