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Old 01-30-2018, 02:53 PM   #1
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2001 3.8 no crank no start

My battery was dieing so I took it out of the car and put it on the charge, trickled charge at 12/2 over night, put it back in the car and went to start it and it cranked once then stopped mid crank. The car beeps when the key is in the ignition but won't crank or start, radio won't come on, no head lights, no heat/AC. I know battery is fully charged. I tried bypassing the starter relay still no luck. I checked all the power distribution fuses and believe them to all be good (checked with lighted circuit probe). Something changed when tried starting after reinstalling the battery. Has anyone had similar issues? Any suggestions on where to look next? Thanks, Eric
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Re: 2001 3.8 no crank no start

First, take the battery to an auto parts store and have it load tested. On a charger overnight does not mean it took a charge. If it is ok, the next most likely culprit is the ground/negative wire from the battery. Follow it down to the other end where it connects. The bolt for it likes to get loose and also tends to get oil and other gunk penetrated into the connection and not let the electrons flow. Unbolt, clean and retighten then see if the problem goes away.
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