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2003 pt cruiser: starter..getting power..the solenoid..wont turn

i have a 2003 pt...
i have a 2003 pt cruiser. when you turn the key to start it, all it does is manke one click. i tested the starter and i am getting power to the solenoid, but it wont turn the stater motor. i took off the starter and had it tested. it was pulling 140+ amps. i replaced the starter as suggested by the guy at the part store. its doing the same thing!!!
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6/7/2009
Chris
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Hello and welcome to just answer Chrysler. Can you turn the engine over by hand?

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
what would be the easiest way to do this on this car?? its a real pain in the ass to get to anything due to the engine being crammed in the engine bay??

There should be a crankshaft pulley bolt access cover that you can remove and attach a socket and long extension to in order to turn the crank. Here is a picture of that cover for you.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
ok, i can turn the engine over by hand.

Ok good. Try this next; Using a good set of jumper cables, connect one clamp to the battery negative terminal, and the other end to the engine block. If it will now turn over, then you have a bad ground cable. If it still will not turn over then do the same thing with the positive cable (battery positive terminal to the large starter terminal). Be careful near the starter terminal, try not to let the clamp touch ground. If it turns over then you have a bad positive cable. Let me know how it goes,

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
ok. i connected the cables to the negative side and the car started right up. does this mean that i need to replace the negative battery cable??

Yes! The negative cable has too much resistance in it. Now if the problem is at the battery cable clamp, then you might just be able to replace that with an after market clamp. Also check the end where the negative cable attach's to the block. It may be loose.

 

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Customer reply replied 8 years ago
im just gonna replace the whole cable!!! im sick of messing with this car!! thanks for your help man. i really appreciate it

Sounds like a good plan fireman! Thanks for the accept and bonus! It was a pleasure to help you with this.

 

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