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    LX Battery, starter or something else - an intermittent problem.

    Once, months ago and now three times in the last three days, my 08 300C 5.7 has misbehaved when I go to start the engine.

    All seems well until I hit the starter. The engine struggles like a dying battery, then that clears and the starter grinds feverishly for a few seconds, they engine fires up. Any ideas? The EVIC tell me the battery holds 11.8 after sitting for a while and goes down to just about 9. Car starts fine otherwise. I'm going to disconnect the battery but even so, there's no way to tell, one way or the other, if it'll happen again. I hate this kind of thing.

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    i would check the battery cable connections at the battery and the starter especially if you live in the rust belt. A fully charged battery should be about 12.6 volts. If the EVIC is correct you may need a new battery.

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    When you say grinds, are you saying the starter teeth are actually grinding / skipping against the flex plate? How many miles on the starter? Charged is at least 12.3-4V in situ...
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    Starter just whirring. No bad sounds.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Santa Tom LaBelle View Post
    Starter just whirring. No bad sounds.
    Have the battery's load capacity checked.

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    sounds like the battery is tired. Get it checked like Hemissary stated.

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    Like Hemissary said, charged should be around 12.6v and should never drop below 9v when starting. Most parts stores like napa or O'Reilly's will check it for free.

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    I had the exact same issue with my car. It was the battery. Remember there is a procedure that you need to follow once you have disconnected the battery. You have to set steering radius, windows etc. Youtube it. Also make sure that your contact points are clean and have no corrosion on them when reinstalling the battery. Same applies with the starter.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ttype View Post
    I had the exact same issue with my car. It was the battery. Remember there is a procedure that you need to follow once you have disconnected the battery. You have to set steering radius, windows etc. Youtube it. Also make sure that your contact points are clean and have no corrosion on them when reinstalling the battery. Same applies with the starter.
    There is no requirement to do anything after reconnecting the battery.

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