1999 Chrysler Town and Country Battery and/or Electrical Is

Tiny
MANDYSUE23
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  • 1999 CHRYSLER TOWN AND COUNTRY
1999 Chrysler Town and Country Front Wheel Drive Automatic 220000 miles

It started with not wanting to start, so I would jump it an be fine. Sometimes I would drive down the road and the doors would ding, the inside lights would flash, and the locks would start clicking. I went out to the van one morning and opened the door and heard a clicking noise by the fuse box area. Not sure what it was, but it wouldnt start. Now I cant hardly even jump the thing. Any help would be great, Thanks!
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Wednesday, April 1st, 2009 AT 6:12 PM

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Tiny
CARADIODOC
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Can you be more specific about why you can't jump it? The cables don't reach? It won't crank? Cranks but won't start, etc.

Watch the brightness of the headlights when trying to crank the engine. If they get real dim, even after charging the battery for half an hour, suspect loose, dirty, or corroded battery terminals.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 12:37 AM
Tiny
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I wont crank. It just clicks when the cables are on it trying to jump. They are clean battery post. We have only tried charging the battery from jumping it, let it set about 10-15 min.
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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 6:27 AM
Tiny
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If by "clicks" you mean rapid click, click, click real fast, that's a sign of not enough current reaching the starter. Could be a shorted cell in the battery, discharged battery, dirty or loose terminals on the battery, or corroded cables. If the headlights stay bright when you hear the clicking, the battery and connections are not the problem. Check the cables on the engine block and the starter terminal for corrosion, in particular, the wire strands inside the insulation.

If you hear just one loud clunk and the headlights stay bright, you have worn contacts in the starter solenoid. This is a very common problem with the Nippensenso starter. Contacts are around $15.00 for the pair and can be replaced by a competent do-it-yourselfer. There's a couple of ways to verify this. One involves a voltmeter or test light, the other involves a heavy jumper wire.

Sometimes jumping your car from another one, (with the engine running), or from a battery charger, the starter will work because the solenoid is pulling in harder due to the higher voltage. Pulling in harder helps the contacts make better connection, so the starter cranks. This is only temporary because the contacts will continue to wear away.

Holler if that sounds like what's happening and you and you need help making the measurements.

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Friday, April 3rd, 2009 AT 1:57 PM

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