2001 Chrysler Sebring ignition

Tiny
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  • 2001 CHRYSLER SEBRING
  • 126,000 MILES
Wife is broken down. Lights work, dash instruments okay, no radio. No sound, click, etc. Heard when key turned to start position. No starter sound at all. Battery is good. A/C blower works fine. She moved shifter several times to no avail. Suggestions?
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 10:59 AM

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Tiny
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Have you checked the fuses in the under hood fuse box especially the starter fuse?Those cars the solenoids fail and blow the starter fuse. If that's the case you will need a new starter.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 11:56 AM
Tiny
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Haven't checked it yet, it will be several hours before I get to the car. Can I reply to you then?
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 11:57 AM
Tiny
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You sure can and I will get back to you as soon I can.
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Thursday, June 13th, 2013 AT 12:17 PM
Tiny
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Turns out it was a 10a ignition fuse. No problems. Thanks for your assistance!
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 5:36 AM
Tiny
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What was the number of the fuse the position number?
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 7:08 AM
Tiny
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I'll have to check this evening at home. I'll post the answer either this evening or tomorrow a.M.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 12:27 PM
Tiny
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Alright keep me posted.
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Friday, June 14th, 2013 AT 6:02 PM
Tiny
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I apologize for the delay, busy weekend.

It was the 'starter/fuel pump' mini fuse (20a) in the fuse/relay block under the hood. Replace with new fuse and have had no further issues. Any idea what might cause it to blow? In any event, I'm just glad it was such minor inconvenience.
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Monday, June 17th, 2013 AT 7:06 AM
Tiny
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If it blows while cranking the engine to start it most likely its a bad starter.I have replaced a few starters in those cars for blowing that fuse. It can be intermintant blowing the fuses. Before replacing the starter I would inspect the small trigger wire to starter for it being damaged/chaffed to make sure its not shorting out. But most likely its a bad starter.
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Monday, June 17th, 2013 AT 11:55 AM
Tiny
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Thanks!
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Monday, June 17th, 2013 AT 11:57 AM
Tiny
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Your welcome anytime. Which engine do you have in the car?
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Monday, June 17th, 2013 AT 5:51 PM
Tiny
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If memory serves me correctly, it's the 2.7 L DOHC
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Tuesday, June 18th, 2013 AT 6:08 AM
Tiny
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Has the fuse blown again yet?
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 6:52 AM
Tiny
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Nope. It's a week to the day. I'm crossing my fingers, but I've already checked on an OEM starter on RockAuto. Com and it's only $73. I haven't checked on the starter wire yet as I am recovering from L shoulder surgery and not quite up to pulling out the ol' jackstands and creeper.
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 7:48 AM
Tiny
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Alright let me know before you replace anything.
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Thursday, June 20th, 2013 AT 11:52 AM
Tiny
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Well, it popped again yesterday morning (Thurs). I didn't get a chance to look at it, but hope to this afternoon. I replaced the fuse with one that lights when blown, but my wife said she checked the fuse block and didn't see anything though she said she didn't remember which fuse was suspect. The starter has been making quite a bit of whine after a cold start so it's probably starter time. Looks like I may have to replace it sooner rather than later. Just in time for the weekend.
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Friday, June 21st, 2013 AT 5:05 AM
Tiny
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Sounds like the starter especially if it sounds different then it did before. Did the fuse blow while trying to crank the engine over?Sorry I didn't get a email alert you had replied and just saw you replied.
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Sunday, June 23rd, 2013 AT 12:44 PM
Tiny
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I'm not sure. I plan to check it this afternoon provided something else doesn't come up. I can tell it's Monday!
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Monday, June 24th, 2013 AT 9:21 AM
Tiny
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Yeah its Mon alright lol. Keep me posted.
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Monday, June 24th, 2013 AT 11:56 AM
Tiny
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Okay. So it's taken me til today (Saturday) to get a chance to look at it. Fuse again. Replaced fuse started it up and put it on front tire ramps. Have brand spanking new OEM (RockAuto) starter. I thought it wouldn't be a big deal. After further (on my back lol) inspection, it appears AN ENGINE MOUNT may have to be removed! Ack! Please say it ain't so! I'm 6 wks into L shoulder rehab (rotator cuff) and don't think I'm up for this level of 'contorted torquing' just yet. Is there a work around. I don't have access to a lift. Furloughed civil servant. Not one of the high dollar ones either. Your advice, please? I need to get this resoved ASAP as my daughter and husband come home on leave from HI on Tuesday. We've gotten this far. :)
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Saturday, June 29th, 2013 AT 10:28 AM

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