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Car doesn't start

The alternator, battery and ignition switch have been replaced. The car STILL won't start on first attempt. it takes 3-8 times for it to start. Other symptoms..... horn won't work sometimes, the car did not turn off when the key was off (once)...the starter was checked and it is OK. It is very frustrating. What else can it be???

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  • dragonfly23 Nov 13, 2008

    Thanks! i will try it

  • yadayada
    yadayada May 11, 2010

    Do you have a factory manual? if not get one



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This may or may not help. Hopefully it will. We recently purchased this 1998 chrysler town & country. Everything was working fine, started fine, etc. we took it to get emissions done.....passed emissions.. .made it home. i turned the car off to run inside for a minute. came back out car started.. ran for 3 seconds than died out. tried again... ran for 3 seconds than died out... after that it no longer would do anything. all the lights worked except in the ignition module. the top dashboard lights worked though. I then noticed that the "alarm set" light stayed lit. after replacing fuses and running an OBD test and found no trouble codes or issues with fuses it dawned on me it may be the alarm. after searching the internet for hours i found a forum that suggested unplugging the battery for about 5 minutes....rehook it and then try starting it again. well i tried doing that the first time using the REMOTE to unlock the doors and nothing happened. i locked the doors and repeated the same battery unhook-rehook process except without using the remote... (i noticed a lot of forums saying that the remotes can be deffective in that they somehow trigger the alarm if the transmitter is not working properly)... so after unhooking and rehooking the battery and using only the key to unlock it started right up! so i've decided to not use the remote at all and have had no other problems. let me know if this helps

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