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Car won't start

Car makes no noise when the key is turned. Dash lights other than ABS and oil light do not come on. Checked fuses--- all ok. Don't know how to check relays for continuity. Lights, windows, door locks, mirrors, radio, seem to be working fine

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  • treacyg3 Oct 07, 2008

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  • treacyg3 Oct 07, 2008

    I put a new starter in the car a year ago. If it has quit, does that explain why I have no lights on in my instrument cluster?

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Yes it can be a loose or corroded connection. Remove both battery cables, charge the battery with a portable charger until it is fully charged. Clean the battery posts and cable ends, throughly and then reconnect the battery cables. If the battery will not take a charge or is over 3 years old, replace it. If you replace the battery clean the battery storage area with baking soda to neutralize any acid present. It can also be a defective starter if you know the battery and connections are good. The ignition switch can also be defective. Depends on what you find.

the lights problem is due to
tachymetric relay
It's located behind the nearside suspension strut. It's a little square black box fixed with a bolt to the bulkhead. It will click when you try to start the car .
The contacts in the relay are dirty and sticking. clean them up with a blade and re-connected it before re-sealing it. and the lights will work.

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1st you need to check and see if the starter solenoid is getting a signal from the ignition to engage, the only way to do this is to use a voltmeter or a 12 volt test light and have someone hold the ignition in the crank position while you see if the test light illuminated while touching the small wire to the solenoid, make sure you have a good ground for the test light, it there is no 12 volt signal to the solenoid then the ignition is defective or if you have a security system of any type it maybe at fault and causing your no crank issue, if the signal is going to the starter make sure the battery is charged and in good condition and the battery cables are clean and tight at the starter and the battery, if that's ok the starter is most likely the culprit for the no crank.

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    yadayada Oct 07, 2008

    tachymetric relay? did you make this up mastermind10?

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    yadayada Oct 07, 2008

    No this would not affect the instrument cluster, test the dimmer switch, I used to see these go bad on a regular basis.

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Bad starter / sound like no power to it no crank

Posted on Oct 07, 2008

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    nick helpap Oct 07, 2008

    juts buy a starter i bet everthing be great again

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    nick helpap Oct 07, 2008

    no that could be buned out dash bulb or fuse

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