Car: 2007 Chrysler 300C 3.0 CRD
Join Date: May 2008
Location: Chatham, Kent. UK
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No start - just clicks
My 300c CRD refuses to start - I turn the ignition on, wait for the seat to adjust and for the pre-heat light to go out, then turn the key to the start position and all I get is a click, which I assume is the starter solenoid working, but the starter motor does not engage and the engine does not turn over. Admittedly the car is not used regularly but I don't think it should be the battery as I use a 'smart' charger to maintain it. EVIC reads about 12 volts. I have also tried connecting a known good battery with jump leads and still the same problem. Even tried connecting to another car; started the engine on other car (EVIC then shows 14+ volts) and with an assistant standing by to disconnect jump leads I tried to start the 'C' - still nothing more than a click from the solenoid. As far as I can recall the car makes all the usual noises when turning ignition on (fuel pump etc) and I don't remember any warning lights.
Makes me think it is either the starter motor which may have packed up, or perhaps some more sinister electrical or immobiliser fault. Does anybody have any thoughts or suggestions as to what (or how) to check next? I recall reading somewhere on here about crank sensors, TPMS connections and chafed wiring on A/C pipes causing starting problems - did they produce similar symptoms? If so what should I check &/or where should I inspect the wiring.
Would appreciate any thoughts, ideas or comments.