chrysler 300 won't start or starter won't engage

Asked by slybozwell May 26, 2015 at 09:53 AM about the 2006 Chrysler 300 RWD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

We have a 2006 Chrysler 300 with a 2.7 liter V-6. Has an almost new battery. When you turn the key, all the lights on the dash light up but starter will not engage. Doesn't even make a clicking sound as if battery is dead. Red dot on dash is lit which indicates that the security system is armed according to the service manual. We've tried all the suggestions from the manual to no avail. What could be causing this. Car ran fine on Sunday, but would not start on Monday.

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Another forum talked about replacing the #9 relay in the panel in the engine compartment for delayed starting problems. Price around $20 at Advance Auto Parts.

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Car clicking but not starting is 1 of 3 possible issues: 1• needs new battery. Either call AAA or make it to nearest auto zone & get battery checked, it takes 2-6 minutes and is free with both AutoZone & AAA (if u have AAA membership) 2• needs new starter. If car clicks but all lights & gauges are fine, then the battery is fine but the starter needs to be checked out. 3• if both the starter AND the battery are fine then you're in luck! It's most likely just loose/faulty wiring or fuse. Time consuming but relatively cheap. MY issue was embarrassingly simple to fix. After getting a new battery AND a new starter (unnecessarily) my 2000 Chrysler 300M was still having the same problem - turning over and starting up just fine, but then engine turns off 2-5 seconds after flawless start-up. It was the F***** KEY! Or more precisely, the chip inside the key. So I just went and got a new set made with a new chip & NEVER had the issue again!!!! Had this issue with: 1999 Chrysler Sebring 2000 Chrysler 300M 2001 Chrysler 300M 2002 Dodge Stratus 2004 Dodge Intrepid .... As you can tell, I LOVE this car/body style and can't get over it but after 5 versions of, essentially, the same car - I CAN speak from experience and I'm now a self-proclaimed mechanic lol. I've also had a 1995 Mercury grand Marquis - a 1999 Dodge Durango V8 Magnum engine & a 2003 Dodge Magnum. I NOW know these vehicles inside out. I hope this has helped SOMEONE.

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I just had same issue - the anti-theft device was locked - I was minutes from having it towed to dealer.... see this article - hope it helps someone else =

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I have a 2005 Chrysler 300 limited and when I turned my car off it wouldn't start back up all lights work everything works. But when I try to start it I don't get no sound at all?

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Can you tell me what to do everything works I just don't get a sound when I try to start it

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06 Chrysler 300 turn on key light on dash light up turn and t key to start lights go out

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My 07 300C wouldn't click or start, only 82k miles . replaced ORIGINAL battery to no avail. ALL components checked ok , ended going to dealer, they said ignition switch was bad, ordered new one. Toal cost will be $420.00!!!

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I know this sounds silly but with these models please make certain you foot is FIRMLY on the brake peddle when you push the starter button.

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Try checking your fuses mine was doing the same and I had a blown fuse

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I have a 2006 Chrysler 300M was driving on the freeway in the car just stopped I don't know if it's a blown engine or what just replace battery 4 months ago

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Did you find out the issue with this? My car is doing the same. Replaced fuse boxes, actuator pin, starter and battery are good. Cant figure it out

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If you own a 2005 Chrysler 300 limited 3.5 v6, like I do car battery kept dying , I thought it was the alternator but it was the starter just a heads up... I almost junk the car and about to give up..

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I just had this problem and it was the ignition actuator. When I installed it I started up the car and it ran for a few seconds and died so I connected the alarm box back to the ignition and it runs fine. I hope this answers everyones question Part number for 07 300srt is 924-739

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A deer ran out on the right side and hit me 2005 chylser 300 I got it home now it won't start can anyone tell me what to do

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This is a common problem my windows stopped working then car barely starts with brand new battery also dash lights flicker I'm thinking it's a ground issue fuses are all good had to get towed yesterday car wont turn over at all any more

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I have a One too 300 2007 and I turn the key over and don’t get a sound period it kept on going dead 3times and the last time it wouldn’t crank back up period all the lights coming on

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I have a 2006 300 and my husband took out the factory radio to put in my new one now it won’t start can someone help

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Its probably the ignition switch, does the ignition feel different when you turn the key to on position. It lost its spring on the start position. Look there possibley be that.

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My key broke out of the fob and i tried starting it without the fob attached to the stared and then shut down 3x before it wouldnt start at all..I inserted the key back into the fob and it started right up..of course this is after i got it towed to my house.

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I have a Chrysler 300 2006. At first the car was cranking over but would not start . I replaced the camshaft sensor and the fuel pump. Still same problem. Today I did the crank shaftsensor. Now the starter makes a whining sound but car won’t crank over. Originally I was told the sensor was behind the starter so I pulled the starter and found out it wasn’t. I put the starter back up and then did the crank shaft sensor. Please any help would be appreciated

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I have a 2008 Chrysler 300 we tried plugging it up to computer system but it will not allow us to. Turn the key and no dash lights show, it will not start. But I am able to lock and unlock doors. What can I try??

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Same issue with my 2008 chrysler 300 limited. Had to get a jump 2 days ago and a jump yesterday. Today i couldnt get a jump to work. Bought a new battery and nothing. I have lights and beeping but no sound when i try to turn car on. Check engine is only light on dashboard that stays on (beside temp/direction/Park and reverse).

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Ihave 2008 it want crank just havea clicking sound help

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Idk what's wrong with 2006 Chrysler 300 after having misfire when accelerating after month's had worsened and started smelling this burnt oil smell or everytime I turn on the a.c. the car bounces like im in a 1952 pick-up truck, I had changed the spark plugs, seafoam in the gas tank, and 4 bottles of oil in it with no help over issue.Then just shut down while driving like it ran out of gas but has half a tank and now wont start or any power in the gas pedal when trying to start. Everything lights up and engine makes noise tho just wont turnover and fully ignite... Awhile back my friend put the spare key in the ignition trying to move it. I have issues with it often starting but normally does after taking the key out and repeating a few times so idk if that may be reason after seeing similiar problems in the question/ answers on here??

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I have a chrysler 300 that wont crank unless you jump it off it will run fine after you jump it off found that the alternator had 6.7 volts replaced the alternator and it still would not crank up unless you jump it off replaced battery and it fired right up but after sitting over night I have no lights on the dash when I turn the key to the on position and it still wont crank unless you jump it off what else can it be

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omg i have to type it all over again!!! ahh! so i have the 2006 chrysler 300 touring edition. turns out there is a short in the fusible link. go figure, i have traced this wire and it lands under the car, in between the starter and the fuse panel. the wires leading up to the starter were so coroaded (idk how to spell it) that they practically crumbled in my hand. I would check all your power wires at each location you can get to.

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Guru6QLQL the crankshaft sensor is behind the starter smh. Most of y'all have the chip in key problem. The others have a wiring problem.. I have a 05 300c and ive done it all .

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Replaced pcm, actuator, upper intake car still won’t turn over. Completely dead, battery and starter have been tested they are good. Need super help. I uploaded a picked below... all the lights come on the dash but no turn over

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I got it running bad connection behind starter still throws lightning bolt while driving but I need to go to work ... and putters a little bit

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