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You got a serious problem, There is a short in the steering collum some where, That could possibly start a fire in the vehicle,

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Electrical system on vehicle goes down and than comes back on. Everything on the dash goes out and comes back on or we have to start the car again.

With electrical issues, I usually pick one component that has a problem, then check the wiring diagram for that component. If that circuit is fuse protected, so much the better, then you check fuse circuit for voltage. Some fuse circuits are hot all the time, some go hot with the key on. If the fuse circuit gets ignition feed, meaning it goes hot with the key on, have to check feed to and from ignition switch.
Sometimes intermittent problems can be hard to track. Have to do testing when problem is ongoing.

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Went to get gas the other day and got back in it and it wont start turn key and it does nothing, we tried jumping it and nothing.. had to tow it home

It won't crank? Have you tried rapping the starter with a hammer-a light tap- to see if it will work? If that works, the starter is going out and needs replaced. Alternatively, take the starter off and have it tested for free at a parts store.

Apr 27, 2015 | 1994 Jeep Grand Cherokee

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2009 Jeep Compass won't crank. Any answers ?

but what transmission, ill guess automatic.
Check fuses first? always first !
Check engine light on,key on, no, fuses.....

does it crank in NEUTRAL? (it will (can), per opr. guide)
does it?
scan it yet to see if there are TRS switch errors>??
do jumper cable jumps work>? off a running car, AAA tow truck like?
yes, then the battery was dead, or discharged.
no? then key line is dead. if hot wiring starter fails.
if hot wiring passes , then the key line is dead. TRS switch.

got tools or just want wild guessing?
my guess is wild.
so jumper cable it and report.

Mar 14, 2015 | 2009 Jeep Compass

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Wont start with key

Do you have a bad starter? also check for loose or dirty battery cables on both ends of cables as the starter does take a lot of pull and a dirty or loose cable won't give it the power to start but will let the lights work.

Jun 28, 2014 | 1999 Jeep Cherokee

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Starter dead

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Jun 18, 2014 | Ford Focus Cars & Trucks

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When my civic gets hot no crank only click sound new starter and battery

hot soak no cranks, nice post, clear as bell...
i bet it not heat. just lucky correlations.
the question is, does jumper starts , crank the engine fast, hot.(failed)
big time check that.
yes, then the battery is weak.
no, then the key line is dead.

see wiggle tricks here, works on all cars
with these, tricks, magic can happen, and the solution

Jan 24, 2014 | 1997 Honda Civic

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Door locks and dead battery

See if you can get jumper cables on the car. Hot one on the starter post where battery connects, and negative to a frame piece. You may get enough juice flowing to get the doors unlocked.

Jan 23, 2014 | Jaguar XJ8 Cars & Trucks

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Engine won't start turn

no crank
1: battery dead, not charged. does it jump crank?
2: bad battery (corroded clean em) cables lugs. (4 ends)
3: bad starter /solenoid, assembly
4: engine seized, (turn it by hand you cant?)
5: bad key line, (from key switch to PRNDL to stater , no connections)

jump start it, if passed test, battery bad/discharged , and if fail?
you then (battery is good)
hot wire the starter solenoid, keys in pockets
fail? yes, bad starter, seized engine. turn by hand , now you know.
if passes hot wire test, bad key line. (tiny wire)

easy huh?

Dec 22, 2013 | 1997 Toyota RAV4

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Electrical system is dead. Battery jumping doesn't help. What else to try?

with good battery hot wire the starter solenoid.
if it starts, the key line is dead.
if not, the starter or wires to it are bad (battery cables)

Oct 20, 2013 | 2002 Cadillac Sts

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Battery dead, jump start a 2000 jaguar s type

U MAY TRY TO FIND where the battery cables come out from the trunk area underneith the car.....if you can get to the starter,use a battery charger and connect the clamp 2 hot,then 2 aground....It should give you enough power 2 unlock the trunk ?????????????

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