My car will not crank

Tiny
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  • 2004 DODGE STRATUS
  • 160,000 MILES
I tried jump starting it, but it did not work. The only light that shows up on my dashboard is the oil light. I tried jump starting it, but nothing. Also, when I pull the key back to start I get a beeping noise.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 5:05 PM

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Tiny
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Do the head lights work and are they full brightness?

Here is a guide that will help you load test the battery using the car:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-battery-load-test

Here is a guide that will help as well:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/car-cranks-but-wont-start

Please let us know what happens.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 5:09 PM
Tiny
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Yes, they work and at full brightness the battery is okay.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 5:13 PM
Tiny
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What are the symptoms when you try to crank the engine? Do you hear a single rather loud clunk each time you turn the ignition switch to "crank"? If so, there is an easy fix for that.

If you do not hear that clunk, can you hear if the starter relay is clicking in the under-hood fuse box? That one can be a little tricky because there are other relays that will also be clicking. What happens to the brightness of the headlights or dome light when you try to crank the engine? Do they stay bright, go out completely, or get dim?
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 7:20 PM
Tiny
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When I turn the ignition switch to crank the engine nothing happens it stays quite and I do not hear any sound coming from anywhere. I tried changing the fuses for the ignition switch, but it is still the same. I put the lights on and cranked the engine but the lights were unaffected.
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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 10:40 PM
Tiny
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The starter circuit can be split into three smaller circuits for troubleshooting. There are a couple of different ways of going about this depending on whether you have a voltmeter or test light and know how to use them. As an alternative, to narrow it down, you can remove the starter relay to bypass it with a jumper wire, or you can pop the cover off, reinstall it that way, hen squeeze the contact to see if the engine will crank. If it does, we will know two of the three circuits are working and the battery is good.

It is sounding more like you have a bad starter motor more and more.

Here are some guides that will help you and a wiring diagram below:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-use-a-test-light-circuit-tester

See where you are losing power.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-replace-a-starter-motor

You will need to jack the car up safely as well.

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/jack-up-and-lift-your-car-safely

Please let us know what you find.

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Wednesday, February 1st, 2012 AT 11:04 PM
Tiny
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I tried doing what you told me and you were right the starter motor has bad. I found a good rebuild on Amazon for $66.00.

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B007Y86LRM/ref=as_li_qf_sp_asin_il_tl?ie=UTF8&tag=2carprcom-20&camp=1789&creative=9325&linkCode=as2&creativeASIN=B007Y86LRM&linkId=5446dd71597609f8fc19aab0025fb074

Thanks again, you guys rock!
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 AT 12:23 AM
Tiny
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You can check the fuses check the smaller red battery cable where it bolts to the under-hood fuse box. Be sure it is clean and tight. That is a common place to find a problem. Next, follow the smaller black negative battery cable to where it bolts to the body sheet metal and be sure that one is clean and tight.

If you do not identify a bad connection, you will need a test light. A digital voltmeter will work too, but in this type of circuit the test light can be more accurate. Turn on the headlights so some current is leaving the battery. That will help make a bad connection show up. Now start with the test light's clip lead right on the negative battery terminal. If they still have the battery behind the left front tire like they did in the 1990's, just use the jump-start terminal under the hood. Place the test light's probe on the positive battery terminal, or the jump-start terminal by the left strut tower. The light should be bright. If it is not, work back to the battery to find the broken connection.

If the test light is bright, move the clip lead to the engine block or head. Next, move the probe down to the starter and check on the larger bolt-on terminal. The light must still be bright.

If you are doing this with a voltmeter, you want to find full battery voltage, (12.6 volts), all the way to the starter. If you find around 12.0 volts, the battery is discharged. If you find closer to 11 volts or less, the battery has a shorted cell and there's no way to know what will work and what wont until it is replaced.
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Thursday, February 2nd, 2012 AT 12:48 AM
Tiny
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I have a 2003 Dodge Stratus that I could not jump start. I thought it was the starter, but turned out to be the twenty amp fuse that powers the starter.
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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 AT 6:39 AM
Tiny
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Good to hear, please use 2CarPros anytime we are here to help.

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Thursday, January 30th, 2014 AT 12:07 PM

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