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No power to gauges when key is turned

After inserting the key in the ignition and turning it on, power to everything else comes on, but not to the gauges. If I continue to turn the ignition on, the starter will crank, but the engine won't turn over. I've heard it could be a problem with a switch in the gearshift, or the ignition, any ideas?

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  • Kevin Hansen Oct 10, 2008

    The battery is fine, as are all the fuses in the dash.

  • Kevin Hansen Oct 10, 2008

    Nope, not a battery problem. No clicking noise at all, the starter actually cranks, but the engine doesn't start.

  • Kevin Hansen Oct 10, 2008

    How do I check those? Before it became unstartable, it was just touchy. I would have to turn the key, wait to hear a click and see the gauges and engine lights respond and turn on, then I could start the engine. Now I get no click and no lights.

  • Kevin Hansen Oct 22, 2008

    Turns out it was a faulty ignition switch. $150 at my local auto parts store. Runs just fine now. Thanks for everyone's help!

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It seems like faulty switch or a blown fuse. Check also for any loose wire harness connection.

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You need to do two things first see if it getting spark and if it getting fuel.

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Hi

check the battery. if battery fails the engine won't start..

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Are you saying the starter runs and the engine does not spin over?? a little confused. are you sure the starter doesn't just make a loud clicking noise but nothing else, if so it sounds like a battery problem, let me know so we can research this issue further, thanks. Dennis

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    yadayada Oct 10, 2008

    Have a test run of the computer that controls the engine functions.

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    yadayada Oct 10, 2008

    There is most likely trouble codes present in the memory of the computer that can help lead to the root cause of the no start, one other thing when you said the engine will not turn over I realize you meant it won't start, but not turn overe was a very confusing way to put it. In order to run the test I mentioned you will need a OBD 2 scan tool, they cost around $40.00 for a basic one, they can be had at almost any parts store. do the test it is very easy, the connector to read the codes is under the dash below the steering column. Then email me the codes at dpw28@juno.com

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    yadayada Oct 11, 2008

    With the added info you provided I would say the issue may be the ignition switch.

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