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    need help car not starting

    car will not start think it is ignition switch not sure can any one tell me how to test with out taking apart.

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    Quote Originally Posted by zparker View Post
    car will not start think it is ignition switch not sure can any one tell me how to test with out taking apart.
    we need more information, is it cranking but not starting or not even cranking at all? is your "security light" on in your cluster? If you go put your ear close to the rear drivers side and someone turns the ignition switch on, do you hear the fuel pump making noise for like 3 secs(priming)?

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    not cranking every thing works but not cranking i here a click when u turn the key

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    so you turn the ignition switch to start the engine and the only thing you hear is a click? do you know how to use and do you have a voltmeter? The 1st thing will be to check the battery's voltage. you should have at least 12v.

    If the battery is good it could be a bad starter, starter relay or ignition switch. The easiest way to check if it is the starter is get under the car and locate the starter(is on the passenger side of the engine). There is a small wire that connects to the solenoid. Using a voltmeter or test light you need to check for a light or 12v when someone turn the key to start the car at the small cable nut. If you see a light with the test light or 12v with the voltmeter then the starter is the problem. If you don't see the above then we need to do some additional troubleshooting. you think you can check for this?

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    yes battery is good no power to starter.how about ignition switch any way to test

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    Quote Originally Posted by zparker View Post
    yes battery is good no power to starter.how about ignition switch any way to test
    well before going to the ignition switch you need to check the starter relay. Have you replace it? is not too expensive and if it is bad you won't get power to the starter. Did you have someone turn the key to start the car while you were down there checking the small starter wire, correct?
    Last edited by JayTA98; 05-07-2011 at 08:13 PM.

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    sorry for delay was ignition switch thinks for all the help

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    good to hear you got it fixed.

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