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Hello, I have a 2000 Chrystal cirrus that started have electrical issues. At first it was just a battery light on and lights flickering randomly, then it started to get worse and started shutting off radio and turning it on again or locking the doors spontaneously while driving. Also lights flicker more when accelerator is pressed. Now it just doesn't start without a jump. Acts like there is no battery, but after i charge it a couple mins with cables it starts and runs albeit a little rough. But if i shut it off it is dead again. Any ideas on what the problem is?
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Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago
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With the engine running and a volt meter connected to the Battery what is the voltage reading. Post back with the results and we can work from there.

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Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

The battery light is controlled by the alternator and the charge rate is controlled by the PCM (computer) so the first thing you are going to need to do is to check the charging system to see if its charging the battery. Normal charging rate at the battery with the engine running needs to be right at 14 volts. Check this for me and post back and we can work from there.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I tested it and it teads 13.5 -14 on meter. Today it started up without a jump, not sur if warm weather today helped it. But lights still flicker and sounds like a pulley barring is bad
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Also no battery light is on at the moment
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Okay then don replace anything right yet, lets recheck it when the light returns and see if the voltage is the same.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok but what about the lights flickering and the dash blinks out and i can gear a click when it does.
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Hear*
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
lastnight it acted as if there was no battery and today it seems fine. Also the battery light comes on after driving a bit
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
the longer i let it run the more the electrical acts up
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

The light can flicker if the alternator is weak and failing as well. If the voltage at the battery holding steady of dose it fluctuate?

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
It's fluctuating between 13 and 14 volts
Customer reply replied 2 years ago
When the car is off it is a steady 12 volts on battery
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

If its fluctuating with the engine running then the alternator is likely bad, the voltage should hold steady .

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
Ok, and would the temperature outside affect whether or not it will start? It was a little cold lastnight and today is warm.
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Cold weather should not have any affect on a properly working charging system.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
why would a battery act lik it is completely dead one night and read good the next day? I didn't charge it or jump it this morning. It just started up.
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

If you sure the battery load tests okay and has a full charge then I would suspect you have either a bad connection or there is something drawing it down.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I did move it from one parking spot to another lastnight but it was only 100 ft. Also didn't start after i parked it and tried to turn it over.
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

Like I said, If you sure the battery load tests okay and has a full charge then I would suspect you have either a bad connection or there is something drawing it down.

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Customer reply replied 2 years ago
I checked the voltage again and it is steady at 14.3 while runni g and 11.9 when not. It i was to check connections and search for shorys where is a good place to start?
Chrysler Mechanic: Ron, ASE Certified Technician replied 2 years ago

If the battery is going dead then you need to perform a draw test. I would also recheck the charging system when the battery light is coming on.

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