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· ASE Master, now Realtor
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From that last sentence, you sound like a former Chrysler owner. :lol:

Not only should you charge the battery, but you should take it to a store and have it tested. Some batteries can appear to have a full charge, but be able to deliver so little current that it cannot crank even a small four cylinder motor. This past summer, I had a set of jumpers on my dad's caravan battery and could not get more than a few degrees of crank rotation. A trip to Pepe's for a new battery and it started like a formula one engine.

Test the battery with a load or conductance tester before you take your next step. Obviously, if the battery fails the test, leave it there and come home with a new battery. The right type battery will have the toyota positive terminal fit up nicely. The wrong type will not.
 

· ASE Master, now Realtor
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The Chryslers had a problem with the ECM acting as though some vehicles were equipped with theft deterrent, when those particular models were not. The dealership fixed them, I assume by changinng out the SMEC.

If the voltage does not drop when you attempt to crank, you are not loading the system with starter draw. I would go to the online mauals and do a diag for the starter circuit, or talk to some one experienced with the Viper system.
 

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To be fair to the only car company to officially bailed out by the US Congress, I have kept my dad's 1992 caravan alive for over 230,000 miles.

Of course, dad has always had his own personal mechanic....:lol:
 

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toyo1968 said:
Yep, I have had a Chrysler before, but not a single problem ever.:eek::

When I tried with jumper cables connected, voltage was at almost 14, and did not drop when trying to crank.

Actually, only the clock dims, exactly like when taking the key off. That would make me assume some relay is opening. The car has a Viper alarm system.

Thanks for any help.

Voltage remaining at 14 when you turn the key to the start position suggests you are not loading the battery with starter draw. You should be approaching this with a fully charged and tested battery that is not connected to jumper cables. Have a conductance or load test done on the battery, get it charged, and make certain that the starter is receiving and responding to system volatge on the small starter wire. With those items functioning normally (along with several other items that are unlikely to be a part of this problem) the car will crank.

You might find that there is no voltage on that small starter wire, and yes, it could be an alarm interupt. I would need to see the printed info on the alarm to help you, and so it would be easiest to talk to a local alarm guy.

Get back to us and give us the details of how you solved this problem.
 
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