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Car Won't Start

Drove to Grocery store, went to leave and car wouldn't start.
Tried to get a jump but still would not start. Got towed home.
All lights, turn signal work. Makes no noise when key is turned.
Prior to this problem -- Had Ignition replaced and Had a Viper alarm system installed. Would it be a problem with either of these or could it be the alternator? Or an electrical short?

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  • tiripsprite Oct 16, 2008

    when I turn the key it does not turn the engine over, it does not try to start

  • tiripsprite Oct 17, 2008

    Alarm system has no immobilizer, check with company that installed it. Checked the fuses all ok, cant check the relays, or starter, have no tools..sorry female here.. So I called kinda relative who works on cars (my last resort) hopefully he can figure out what's wrong. Thanks for trying.

  • Anonymous Oct 26, 2008

    same problem- oil leakage into sparkplugs

  • drproberts02 Oct 27, 2008

    I have this same problem. When the engine is cold, it will start, but when the least bit warm, the key turns but nothing - no cranking, clicks, whirs - no noise at all. The dashboard lights come on, as do the running lights. After the car sits for a while, I can get it restarted, but it takes time.

    On someone's advice, I replaced the ignition switch. Didn't solve the problem.


  • uhuuhu123 Dec 17, 2008

    my alarm went off accidentally when i tried to start the car. After I turned it off, i tried to start the car, and NOTHING. I came back several hours later and it started. I took my car home - won't start again. I bought a new battery....no change. Help.

  • Fred Kenmuir May 11, 2010

    does the engine turn over when you turn the key and try to start it?

    i so you will need to check that you are getting fuel and or spark.

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I would start with checking out the alarm system if it has an immobilizer with it as well as an alarm, if there is no immobiliser with the alarm then I would check the ignition, I would also check that the starter is working properley and not binding. also check your fuses, under the hood there should be a fuse box with large fuses in it and some relays, it is quite possible that one of these fuses or relays has quit, for the starting system, I hope that this helps.

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  • Fred Kenmuir Oct 17, 2008

    when you turn the key to the on position, does the lites on the dash come on? example check engine, brake warning lite, air bag warning lite. I am coming up with two possible solutions at this point. one it could be a loose wire in the ignition that was replaced and the other is that the starter is either on a flat spot or binding, when your relative looks at it ask him to try and turn the engineover by hand. and to also tap the side of the starter with a hammer or something. One more question when you tried to jump it did the engine rotate and or try to start?

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