The starter and battery seems to be fine but the car still does not start. this leads me to think that the starter relay may be bad but I cannot figure out which one it is in the fuse box so that i can replace it. do you know how i can get this imformation or have any other ideas of what i should do?
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When you say it won't start do you mean the engine will not turn over with the starter like in a dead battery type of no start, or do you mean the engine cranks over fine but doesn't start? If the latter is the case check the fuel pressure, the test port is on the top of the engine and looks like a tire fill valve, it should be at least 45 PSI while cranking the engine over, you will need to buy a universal fuel injection fuel pressure test gauge from the parts store, about $20.00 should do it.
locate your starter motor.There you will find a thick single core cable (usually bolted onto solenoid).Get a fully charged battery and jumper leads.Connect negative lead to ground(any unpainted metal surface on chasis) or engine.Connect the positive clip to the stud described earlier.If you connect the other ends to the booster battery you should get enough power to open the trunk and then jump start the dead battery normally.If there seems to be no power in the circuits use the battery of a car with its engine running as a booster instead of a standalone battery.
the battery leads in the trunk aren't connected tight enough or your battery doesn't have enough power. Charge your battery and/or clean your battery leads. If this doesn't work then you might have a engine or timing issue.
try to rotate the engine by hand using appropriate socket and power handle at the engine drive pulley.if you can turn the engine freely then there is no engine problem.try to check the battery condition and lead wire going to the starter.If everything is ok then have your starter repaired
Yes, you could mess it real bad if you connect a hot wire to ground. As I recall, there is a thick wire to battery-plus. And there is a smaller wire to the key starting switch or to a starting relay. Oh, there is also another larger one that fastens on with the battery-plus, to run the rest of the car. That's all I remember. And the sizes of the bolts onto which they go make it obvious which goes where. Ground is usually through the engine block, but battery negative might be nearby too. Just don't make any huge sparks, okay?