Reader Question I have a 2002 dodge stratus and it suddenly will not start. I had the starter checked and it was ok. The battery and alternator checked out ok also. The engine will not turn over at all. what do I do? Thanks, Tony
Well hello Tony,
If the engine won’t turn over at all, that should be pretty easy to find during a simple electrical system test that your mechanic can do for you pretty quickly and inexpensively.
As a general rule of thumb you can try the following.
With the headlights ON as you turn the ignition key to the start position.
1. If the headlights dim down, you probably have a bad battery or a bad starter motor
2. If the headlights stay bright, you probably have a wiring issue, security system problem, clutch safety switch, bad connection to the starter, relay issue etc. etc.
3. If the headlights go out completely you have a loose battery connection, dirty battery cables or a bad ground at the battery