Mechanics

CAR WON'T START

1993 Chrysler Le Baron • 6 cylinder FWD Automatic • 114,000 miles

1993 Chrysler LeBaron. Lost power while driving and died.
Won't start. No clicking sound.
Sounds like it wants to start, just not "firing".
Lights, radio, etc. Ok.
Hard to read dashboard but looks like "check gauges" light is on and also I think I see the word "air".
Don't want to keep car but want it running to sell.
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Cstarz4
May 10, 2011.




Have you tried jump-starting it? Start by measuring the battery voltage. If it is below around 12.0 volts, the charging system is the next thing to check.

Caradiodoc
May 10, 2011.
Yes. Tried to jump start it with my truck.
Do I need to let it charge for a while?
How can I read battery voltage?

Tiny
Cstarz4
May 10, 2011.
To measure the battery voltage, use an inexpensive digital voltmeter. I can walk you through how to set it up and read it if necessary. If you have a Harbor Freight Tools store near you, they always have one for less than ten bucks and often have them on sale for $2.99. They work fine for these tests. Sears, Radio Shack, Walmart, and some auto parts stores also have them. You don't need a real expensive one. They have features most of us never use.

A fully charged battery will measure near 12.6 volts. A good battery that is discharged will read near 12.0 volts. If there is a shorted cell in the battery, it will read less than 11.0 volts.

If the battery is fully discharged, it will take a good 15 minutes on a charger before it STARTS to recharge, then it should be allowed to charge at a slow rate for an hour or more. High charging rates can cause damage to older batteries and lead to their early failure.

Once the engine is running, measure the battery voltage again. It must be between 13.75 and 14.75 volts. If it stays near 12.6 volts or less, the alternator is not recharging the battery. There are a couple more simple tests to narrow down the cause.

Caradiodoc
May 10, 2011.
OK, will get cheap voltmeter and see what it says.
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Tiny
Cstarz4
May 10, 2011.

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