My 2005 Sebring 2.7 v6 won't start. It acts like a bad ground, any clues?
Wiring CAN be a problem, but it is not the first thing to check. When cars fail to start but you hear "something" (click), the first thing I suspect is the battery. You say the battery is "good", but you don't say how you determined this. Simply the fact that accessories work doesn't give the battery a clean bill of health. The normal accessory load for a battery is less than 50 amps. It can take more than 200 to crank the engine, especially on very hot or very cold days. Since you only get a "click", and yet the trip computer dims out, this indicates to me that the battery is working very hard but is not achieving enough power to start the car. Do this: get a voltmeter and check the battery voltage at the battery terminals. Do this with the ignition off. A fully charged, good battery will be at least 12 volts. Most batteries have 8 cells in them, each produces about 1.5V electricity. If you are reading, say, 10.5 volts, you most likely have a dead cell in the battery. This will not affect accessories, but will have extreme affect on starting, as the available current is reduced exponentially. Jump boxes are great, but if the battery is dead enough, the box will be working harder on the battery than on the starter and you will get the same results. I've had situations where a battery was so bad that hooking a running car to it for jump a start stalled the running car! If your battery is more than 3 years old, this is the first thing to suspect....but a dead cell can happen to a battery of any age. Vibrations cause the internal plates to break loose and cause dead cells.
on Jun 20, 2015