I turn the ignition key forward and nothing from the starter. I turn the ignition on and was able to do the screwdriver trick on the starter to get it to turn over. It started and ran for about three seconds then died. Replaced the battery a week ago. I can get the starter to engage with the screwdriver but engine wont start. Not sure why the starter wont engage by turning on the key but bypassing the ignition and able to engage starter at the solenoid with a screwdriver but car wont start?
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Re: 1998 buick lesabre wont start
Do you have a Chip in the Key? if so that Could be the Problem,Ya see the chip is a resistor and if it looses its ELECTRONIC VALUE in its Case Resistance it wont start to test this Turn the Key in the ON posission then do the Screwdriver thing If it Starts Key is Good and Most Likely the Ignition (SWITCH) is Bad <<ELECTRICAL Side NOY LOCKEST SIDE For More Info Recontact Me firstname.lastname@example.org<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<
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Lisa, how long was the key in the one position? For the heck of it, put the car in neutral, and try to start it. It's possible the neutral safety switch is bad, which could cause the problem. It should start in neutral if that's the problem. Let me know if this works, if not, I'll help further.