Car will not start

Tiny
FARRELL HIATT
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  • 1995 CHRYSLER CONCORDE
Car was running great and the next morning I went out to start it and it would not start. Tried a battery charger and the battery would not charge. Took the battery to Walmart and it checked bad and got a new one and put it in the car and it still would not start.
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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 AT 3:56 PM

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Tiny
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What's the symptom? "Doesn't start" means about as much as "I'm in pain". Is it because I have a stomach ache, a hang nail, or I cut my foot off with a chain saw? Gotta have more information. Does the starter crank the engine but the engine doesn't start and run? Since you suspected the battery, do you mean the starter cranked the engine too slowly to start or it didn't crank it at all? Are the symptoms the same with the new battery.

Turn on the head lights, see how bright they are, then see what they do when you try to start the engine.

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Saturday, January 22nd, 2011 AT 5:06 PM
Tiny
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No the engine is not cranking at all. It did not crank with the old battery or the new one. Also I had the car security system come on when I opened the drivers side door while waiting on someone and had to call the Chrysler dealer here to get them to tell me how to reset it. After it was reset I drove home stopped the car and started it again later and drove it again to take a jacket back to my friend and everything was working fine then. But when I went out to start the car the next morning it would not start. All you get is the lights come on bright on the dash and just a click when key is turned to start not a grind like the starter is doing anything.
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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 10:58 AM
Tiny
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This is typical of worn contacts inside the starter solenoid. They can be replaced for 20 dollars, but most people just replace the entire starter. This always starts out as an intermittent problem. If you cycle the ignition switch to the "crank" position enough times, it will eventually crank the engine. The problem will get worse over time. The clue is a single kind of loud clunk from the starter each time you turn the ignition switch to "crank".

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Sunday, January 23rd, 2011 AT 6:49 PM
Tiny
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You were right thanks very much
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 AT 3:07 PM
Tiny
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Does that mean you replaced the starter? Was it the little silver Nippendenso unit?

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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 AT 5:34 PM
Tiny
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No we took the starter to have it checked and rebuilt and they rebuilt the solenoid.
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Tuesday, January 25th, 2011 AT 5:39 PM

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