No start after drained battery recharge

Tiny
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  • 2004 CHRYSLER CROSSFIRE
  • 6 CYL
  • 2WD
  • AUTOMATIC
  • 44,000 MILES
My car has sat in the garage for most of the last month and a half due to inclement weather. I got in today to start it up, and it did start but immediately shut off about 3 times before shutting off altogether. I recharged the battery but still the starter won't crank. I put my battery charger into "start" mode and this has no effect either. Isn't there someway to reset this feature? It seems I have had this issue before but cannot remember the fix. Mind you, the RCM has already been resoldered, as I did that myself a couple years ago and the car has run without an issue ever since until this drained battery thing happened. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!
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Tuesday, March 2nd, 2021 AT 4:52 PM

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Tiny
JACOBANDNICKOLAS
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Hi,

The first thing to try is if it will start in neutral. If it does, there is an issue with the park/neutral safety switch. Let me know.

Next, I attached the entire wiring schematic of the starting system below. I had to cut the pic in half to make it readable, but I did overlap them so you can follow.

Now, on the starter, you will find a heavy gauge wire which is black. It supplies 12v at all times. Confirm that is present.

There is a smaller wire which is violet with a white tracer that provides 12v as well, but only when the key is in the start position. Have a helper turn the key to start and check for power.

Here are two links to help with testing:

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/starter-not-working-repair

https://www.2carpros.com/articles/how-to-check-wiring

If there is power to the smaller wire, replace the starter. Here is a link showing how in general to do it:

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

Here are directions specific to your vehicle for starter motor replacement. The remaining pics below correlate with these directions.

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2004 Chrysler Crossfire V6-3.2L VIN L
Procedures
Vehicle Starting and Charging Starting System Starter Motor Service and Repair Procedures
PROCEDURES
REMOVAL

pic 3

1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
2. Raise and support the vehicle.
3. Remove the lower engine panel.
4. Disconnect the right 02 sensor electrical connector.
5. Remove the right side exhaust pipe from the exhaust manifold to the rear exhaust system.
6. Remove the starter bolts (1) and reposition the starter to access the starter electrical cables.
7. Remove the starter positive cable protective plastic cap (3).
8. Disconnect the starter cables by removing the ground cable nut (2) and the positive cable nut.
9. Remove the starter (4) from the vehicle.

INSTALLATION

pic 4

1. Install the starter (4).
2. Connect the starter cable and the ground cable with the nuts. Tighten the starter positive cable nut to 14 Nm (10 ft. lbs.). Tighten the starter ground cable nut (2) to 6 Nm (52 in. lbs.)
3. Install the starter positive cable protective plastic cap (3).
4. Install the starter bolts (1). Tighten to 42 Nm (31 ft. lbs.).
5. Install the right side exhaust pipe.
6. Connect the right side 02 sensor.
7. Install the lower engine panel.
8. Lower the vehicle.
9. Connect the negative battery cable.

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I hope this helps. Let me know what you find or if you have other questions.

Take care and God Bless,

Joe
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Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021 AT 7:17 PM
Tiny
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Thanks for the info! I will get back and let you know the progress!
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Thursday, March 4th, 2021 AT 7:34 AM
Tiny
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Well at this point, I disconnected the battery, shorted the battery cables together for 15 minutes, reconnected the battery and the car started immediately. Not sure if this was due to battery getting a little low during storage or if I have an RCM and/or SKREEM issue. Time will tell! I will resort back to these troubleshooting hints if the issue changes! Many thanks for the response!
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Friday, March 5th, 2021 AT 1:37 PM
Tiny
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Hi,

That was a good idea. When you connect the cables together (battery disconnected), it drains power from any capacitors which may retain power.

Good job. Let me know if you find there are still problems.

Take care,
Joe
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Friday, March 5th, 2021 AT 8:25 PM

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