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Car Won't Start, Check Engine and ETC light on (Video)

-I have a 2007 300c base with 102,000 miles on it.
-Check Engine and Electronic Throttle Control light come on and stay on
-Key Dance gives no error codes

So I get ready to go to work today and stumbled upon some issues. I stuck the key in the ignition and tried to start the car but it wouldn't ever start. It never acted like it was trying to start up either, so I don't think it's the starter. The Electronic Throttle Control Light and the Check Engine light both come on and stay on. Neither one flashes, they just stay lit and the car refuses to start. I did the key dance and got no error codes, instead it displayed " - - - -" then "DONE". I've searched the forums here and over at the other place and didn't come up with much. Some said they replaced the PCM, some replaced the throttle body, etc. I'm posting this on another forum to increase my chances of getting feedback. I will be active and responsive on both forums until I figure out the problem and will keep everyone updated on my progress.

Below is the video of me trying to start my car. It shows the waring lights that come on, the key dance results, and the car unable to start.
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-Any ideas of what the problem could be?
-Anything I could try to do before having my car towed to the stealership?
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Maybe a security issue. I know GMs do that all the time.

But Chrysler will start and shut of after 3 sec.

Ok try disconnecting the battery for 10 min and try to start it.

I had a bad throttle body on my SRT8 but it never prevented it from starting.


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Maybe a security issue. I know GMs do that all the time.

But Chrysler will start and shut of after 3 sec.

Ok try disconnecting the battery for 10 min and try to start it.

I had a bad throttle body on my SRT8 but it never prevented it from starting.


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I know this is a newbish question, but I'm not positive on how to disconnect the battery. Would I just need to unscrew the two screws pointed to in this picture?


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You can unscrew both of them. Or you can only unscrew the negative and it will do the trick.
If you get the same result after disconnecting the battery, it is recommended to check the starter fuse

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You can unscrew both of them. Or you can only unscrew the negative and it will do the trick.
If you get the same result after disconnecting the battery, it is recommended to check the starter fuse
Thank you for the response, I have the battery disconnected now and will reconnect in 10 minutes or so. Will update after reconnecting.
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If the problem persists, check fuse #10 and #20 front box
and #8 rear box

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If the problem persists, check fuse #10 and #20 front box
and #8 rear box
After hooking the battery back up, the problem still remains. I will go check those three fuses and report back. Thanks for all of your suggestions.

UPDATE: I checked fuses #10 and #20 in the front and fuse #8 in the rear and all fuses seem to be fine. Any other suggestions?

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Anyone think it could be my battery? I had a friend try to jump me earlier and it was to no avail. All of my lights, windows and radio are working though.

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You can check your battery voltage via EVIC hidden menu.


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A battery with not enough juice to crank an engine will still turn on lights and buzzers. I'd make sure all your main power connections are tight and clean (battery + and -, starter leads and auxiliary post under the hood), replace the fuses mentioned above, then check your PCM connection harness at the box and the connector to make sure they are clean and not corroded.

Two other possibilities are 1) your PCM is fried, or, 2) your front control module (FCM) is fried.

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