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P T Cruiser 2006 and out of the blue will not start, battery is good

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I have a P T Cruiser 2006 and out of the blue will not start, battery is good
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Car
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 8 years ago.
Hello and thank you for choosing Just Answer.

What happens when the car does not want to start?

Noises ?

Does it turn and crank?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
At first it started but it wouldn't stay on then this morning it wouldn't start at all
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 8 years ago.
When it did not want to start at all what did it do?

When you turned the key what happen?

Did the car crank and turn?

Customer: replied 8 years ago.
it did nothing no noise
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 8 years ago.
How did you test the battery or how did you determine it's not the battery?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
the lights worked
Expert:  OnlineHelp replied 8 years ago.
That does not indicate the battery is good. The lights require much less power than the starter. The lights will work off the voltage, while to start the car the battery needs to have enough Cold Cranking Amps (CCA).

I would suggest that you either take the battery out and have it tested (most parts stores will do this free). Or hook up a jump and see if the car will start.

If the car still does not start you need to move on and see if the starter is bad or the ignition switch/ neutral safety switch is bad. You can do this by testing the voltage at the starter. If the voltage is 12v when you are attempting to start but it does not start (no noise or anything) then the starter is bad.
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