At times car will start just fine then later in the day wont start at all. When I turn the key power goes on to radio, lights etc but car does not crank or maky any other noise. Today I turned the key and just held it on and about five seconds later the engine turned over and car is running great. This is still a sporadic problem but mechanic says it could be my starter
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Re: sometimes car won't start
It sounds like your mechanic is right, to me it sounds like its just a dirty old starter having trouble making contact and turning... thats all. Once you replace it with a new starter that has a clean armature and new solenoid, it should start like clockwork!
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GM cars have bad problem with security system. If you key turn light and will start other time will stick and need shaking to turn over and won't start just replace the key. Security system need some times to refresh the memory.
1.turn key ON for 10min.
2.turn key OFF 10sec.
3.turn ON 10min.
4.turn OFF 10sec.
5.turn ON 10min.
turn OFF ON and start
total of 30 min. to refresh the memory
the next step is more expensive and need some skills.
on top of the ignition switch is a sensor go bad
replace ignition switch with the sensor and do the learning process from step 1 to 5
Hi Kay, I'm glad to help! Kay, if you turn the key on and nothing happens at all. In other words: You do not here the engine turning over and sometimes the dash lights and guages do not work. Here's your most likely problem. Your vehicle has what they call a WIN Module which is the same thing as an old style Ignition Switch. When the WIN goes bad it's shuts everything down and nothing happens when you turn the ket to the start position. This WIN will need to be replace at the dealership because they will need to program the WIN and then program the KEYs to the new WIN. NOTE: DO NOT be alarmed if the tell you that you need new keys because they want program to the new WIN, sometimes this happens in fact so often that the manufacture started sending NEW KEYS with the WIN, But, only on some year models. Hope this helps and have an awesome day Kay.
You didnt list the type of car this is, the most common thing that causes this is the starter, i just had a saturn, the customer had the same problem we told her it may be the starter but cant be 100% sure until it actted up, she didnt want to replace it unless we were sure, so we kept and drove the car around for 5 days and finally the last day it didnt start and it was the starter , same problem turn key and nothing no noise and no start, i would have the starter replaced and go from there, its a mater of time before the car just wont start,hope this is helpful.